Ambassadors for the Planet
Leading up to World Oceans Day, Protect Blue will be facilitating a week-long environmental education project with Eco Active & the Education Department at Gov.je
We’ll be using the Ambassadors for the Planet curriculum as the framework for the week; which is underpinned by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
The teachers and students will use Design Thinking to solve environmental challenges concluding with a Youth Marine Conservation Conference on June 7th at the Radisson.
The Ambassadors for the Planet program aims to empower young people. Year 5 students from 5 local primary schools will come out of normal lessons for a week to lean into their strengths and pick a cause they care deeply about.
About Design Thinking
Design Thinking is a powerful approach to creating innovative solutions for real world problems. Championed by the likes of IDEO and Stanford University, Design Thinking provides a great opportunity to focus on vital skills like critical thinking and creativity. It also encourages curiosity, resilience and entrepreneurial ways of working.
Each challenge relates to the Eco Schools topics and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The challenges also link to the core values that we learn from spending time in nature: courage; playfulness; curiosity; gratitude; respect; determination; kindness & presence.
How might we find ways to improve ocean literacy in our country ?
How might we find creative solutions to the ocean plastics problem ?
How might we protect the biodiversity of our oceans ?
How might we use adventures to teach our classmates about the planet ?
How might we empower young people in our local area to become outdoor advocates ?
How might we protect vital ecosystems in our local area ?
How might we champion an endangered species to help support it's preservation ?
How might we redesign a system that is harming our levels of biodiversity ?
How might we give more people the opportunity to experience Blue Mind ?
How might we position Jersey as a leader & mentor island in the ocean advocacy space ?
This project is cross-curriculum and can incorporate many of the statutory requirements for Year 5 or KS2. Including: Art, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, PSHE & Science.
Youth Marine Conservation Conference
During the week children will record their learning and share their work at the Youth Marine Conservation Conference. Each participating class will be asked for representatives to feed back a summary of their findings to the other Year 5 classes, including their recommendations for the future. All the Year 5 conference participants will work together to draw up an environmental action plan encompassing elements from each of the challenges. At the end of the conference this action plan will be presented to a panel of key decision makers and influencers in Jersey.