What is Young Climate Warriors all about?
We’re all concerned about our changing climate. According to the BBC, ¾ of children are worried about the state of our planet. And right now, there’s a gap in both curricular and extra-curricular activities and engaging resources on climate change, particularly for children age 7-14. Our charity, Young Climate Warriors, fills this gap. We offer ‘do-able’, age-appropriate actions and a positive ethos, giving weekly prompts with creative ideas for embedding carbon-busting changes in daily life.
How does Young Climate Warriors help?
We're responding to the immediate need for trustworthy and well-researched resources for teachers and families. Our curated 'off-the-shelf' materials include our weekly challenge topics, and our ‘Climate Change Club in a Box’ – ten ready-to-use sessions of a ‘Climate Change Club’ that can be used flexibly as an after-school club or for ‘eco council’ meetings, at zero cost. Young Climate Warriors aims to inspire discussion, curiosity and open thinking. Developing children’s critical thinking skills is essential for building resilience in this changing world.
What do teachers say about Young Climate Warriors?
'I love the way that the challenges are presented each week in a clear and easy to use format. It means that we are always ready to go for the week ahead.’ Helen France, Aston-Rowant Primary School.
‘Thank you for the super resource that is Climate Change in a box. I run the Eco Club at our school and the resource fits the bill perfectly. We are working this session with older pupils and it has stimulated some brilliant discussions.’ Sara Wilken, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.
‘Great for presenting the issues to pupils and parents without information overload.’ Kate Hampshire, Wimbledon Chase Primary School.
‘We value the weekly challenges and promote these in class and with the eco team. We also put them in the newsletter each week to promote them to the children and parents. The children certainly liked tackling the challenges at home and in school.' Clare Wagstaff, St Nicolas' CE Combined School, Taplow.
‘The slides are great for discussion and the teachers’ notes really easy to follow.' Charlotte Gibbon, Rupert House, Henley.
At YCW, we don’t believe it is our children’s job to solve the climate crisis. But we do believe passionately that they – like all of us – should have the opportunity to find out how we can live more sustainably and have a platform to make their voices heard.
So what's the plan? Young Climate Warriors is already supporting over 150 schools across the country with teaching resources, and over 900 families receive our positive weekly challenges. With your help, we can reach even more children, teachers and families. We want to engage with more schools and their pupils by:
- building a team of YCW volunteers to visit schools in person,
- creating a short video for schools to use in assemblies, to introduce climate change and our weekly carbon-busting challenges; alongside other schools resources
- ramping up our social media and communication work to support more families and schools.
Every gift, no matter how small, is a step towards achieving these three aims. This will help us meet our target of supporting 100 more schools - and through them, many thousands more children - to undertake weekly climate-positive activities over the next 12 months.
Who is behind Young Climate Warriors?
Katrina Judge founded YCW in 2019. Having worked in several climate-facing roles and after a Masters in Environmental Change, Katrina felt compelled to channel her energies into a venture to help combat climate change and its effects. Her vision is that all children (KS2 and KS3) should have the opportunity and resources to help them learn and understand about climate change and feel empowered to reflect, discuss and choose their own path of action.
After an overwhelmingly positive reception from local schools and students, YCW became a registered charity in 2020 and is now providing ready-to-use, high quality and thought-provoking climate change resources to over 150 schools, stretching from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire. An active member of The Climate Coalition, a 'showcased programme' with Transform our World, a 'community hub' with Count Us In and a contributing partner in the COP26 Schools Pack 'Our Climate, Our Future' (curated by WWF and produced by Twinkl) - see video below; YCW delivers positive and actionable climate-related activities, amplifying young people's voices in the run-up to COP26 and beyond.
The last word comes from Young Climate Warrior Aiden, here: