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Big Climate Conversations

Each November The Hive runs a Big Climate Conversation which all the schools and colleges in the borough can take part in.

Resources are provided for teachers from Year 3 - Year 13 to run the Big Climate Conversation in a lesson with a whole class and Eco-Committees are invited to attend multi-school Big Climate Conversations at host schools around the borough.

All of the resources from the Big Climate Conversation 2021 - 2023 are available here for schools to use at any time. The survey forms are no longer active but this part of the lesson is not essential for running the activities and discussions.

  • 5 Day Climate Summit

    In this first Big Climate Conversation each day has a different theme and daily action for everyone to take part in.

    It can be run as a focused Sustainability Week or one day a week over five weeks. We cannot guarantee the links to external resources are live. However the Summit pages provide a structure and there are lots more up-to-date lesson ideas organised by theme on the Climate Teaching Resources page.

    Access the BCC 2021
  • What does local Climate Action look like?

    1000s of students across Waltham Forest took part in the Big Climate Conversation between 7 - 18 November.

    This lesson pack developed by VotesforSchools introduces the key areas of the Waltham Forest Climate Action Plan and supports students to discuss and share their views about what they think is important for their school and local area. 

    Access the BCC 2022
  • Less Flooding, More Wilding

    In 2023, The Big Climate Conversation theme was 'Less Flooding, More Wilding'.

    There are two 40-minute lessons: one classroom based with key discussion questions and one outdoor investigation. 

    Access the BCC 2023