We have come across so many lovely resources that help teach global citizenship and environmental awareness that we wanted to share them with you! We hope you have fun learning about all the different topics and ways we can protect our planet.
We will continue to update this page so take a peek every now and again to see what's new!
The Green School Committee.
Websites and Apps.
The Earth Cubs
Hours of FREE, earth inspiring entertainment! This app is bright, fun and engaging and can be downloaded on your tablet or phone. Search 'Earth Cubs' in the Google Play or Apple Store to download.
Enjoy it's many games, puzzles and videos whilst supporting the environment-for each badge your child earns, the company plants a tree!
NASA's Climate Kids
A fantastic resource that will answer all of those big climate questions in a simple matter. Click on videos, games, activities and puzzles to extend learning. We love this website!
Environmental Awareness Books and Videos
Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys, until finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment.
Not Your Typical Book about the Environment
We live in a time of heightened environmental awareness, and this knowledge is creating a generation of children with feelings of eco-anxiety -- the world is doomed, isn't it? Maybe not. Not Your Typical Book about the Environment allays kids' fears by showing how all is not lost. Young readers learn about the remarkable time they live in: smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Each chapter begins by taking familiar objects -- T-shirts, video games, bikes -- and using these as launching pads to delve into related environmental issues. Plus, profiles of unexpected personalities, like happiness researcher Catherine O'Brien, show how many are seeking viable solutions to the serious problems facing our planet.
Heroes of the Environment
This book presents the true stories of 12 people from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who have done great things for the environment.
10 Things I Can Do To Help My World- Melanie Walsh
A beautifully simple book for small children where transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world. Many of them, such as turning off the television properly, walking to school and turning off lights when leaving a room, are about conserving energy. Others, such as feeding the birds in winter and growing plants from seed, will encourage an understanding of nature and conservation.
DK Findout - Climate Change
Climate change is now one of the biggest issues we face as a society, and the British and Irish governments have become the first in the world to declare a climate emergency. This book lays out the science behind this natural process that has been exponentially sped up by humans. It explains the different ways in which we have caused the Earth to heat up, from traffic pollution to animal farming, and the vast, widespread effects we are causing. It covers key developments such as the Industrial Revolution, the advent of air travel, and climate activism, such as the People's Climate March to Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion. Come to understand the facts about climate change in these pages and discover what we can do to improve the human impact on our environment. Find Out How To Save The World! A small book filled with fun facts and big ideas!
The Story of Climate Change
As well as discovering the effects of global warming, you'll discover practical ways we can work together to solve it.
Old Enough to Save the Planet
Meet kids - just like you - taking action against climate change. Learn about the work they do and discover how the future of our planet starts here... with you.
Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do
Encouraging, accessible, and easily digestible, this comprehensive, illustrated nonfiction guide introduces children ages eight to twelve to the important topic of climate change - with tips on How You Can Help and citizen scientist activities
Filled with engaging big ideas that will inspire children to think about their role in keeping our world healthy, Our World Out of Balance details how humans have thrown the planet off-balance and ways we can work together to be part of the solution and create a healthier world.
While the book covers some complex subjects, it also shares a sense of hope and many of the positive developments that have come from environmental initiatives, like reforestation and innovative recycling programs. Featuring brave scientists, young activists, and many groups working collectively to protect our future, Our World Out of Balance will leave readers feeling empowered and inspired.
A Short, Hopeful Guide to Climate Change
What is Climate Change? How can it be stopped? And what can young people do to help the fight? Author Oisin McGann explains Climate Change science, and encourages young people to be part of positive change by getting involved in the global movement to fight humanity's biggest challenge.
Published in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, this might be the most eco-friendly children's book ever published! Vegan inks, all recycled materials and fully recyclable: this book is part of the solution.
Climate Change and How We'll Fix It
Some of the most renowned climate activists--including Greta Thunberg--are children and teens, for they are the ones who will inherit the planet and its problems. This important guide enlightens kids about why climate change is real, why it's serious, what's causing it, and how we can fix it.
Elephant in My Kitchen!
A funny, silly and hugely topical picture book that is perfect for inspiring the next Greta Thunberg or David Attenborough. This accessible call to action helps raise awareness about the world's climate crisis and is perfect for introducing little ones to the issues affecting our planet.
The Everything Kids' Environment Book
With The Everything Kids' Environment Book, you'll find out what you can do every day to help protect our planet. You'll also learn why the rainforest is so important to us, how animals go extinct, and what environmentalists can tell us about taking good care of our world.
Learn how to "go green" and to: Find new uses for recycled grocery bags.Create your own greenhouse.Make acid rain--safely!--to see how it affect plants.Test organic food against foods grown with chemicals.Make your own compost pile.Re-create deforestation with the soil from timbered trees.Test your sensitivity to noise.
With a Little Kelp from Our Friends
Beyond the tideline, there are around 10,000 types of seaweed. An essential ingredient for life on Earth, seaweed has sustained animals and people for many thousands of years. From ancient history and mythology to modern uses in food, health and medicine, discover how seriously cool seaweed is, and how it can even help tackle climate change.
Complete with a guide to common seaweeds and foraging guidelines, this charmingly illustrated picture book will educate and inspire, and encourage respect for the natural world.
Be part of the solution, not the pollution!
Here in Scoil Mhuire, we are huge fans of the bicycle, for so many reasons-not only are they excellent for both mental and physical health and fun to ride, but they are one of the most sustainable forms of transport. Following the most recent report on climate change, it seems ever more pressing that we make use of these wonderful machines!
National Bike Week runs September 12th to 18th this year and celebrates cycling – be it on your journey to school or just for fun!
We aim to promote the use of bikes in our school all year round but we are placing a particular emphasis on cycling for this special week.
We have organised activities and lessons around bike safety, and the promotion of a greener way of travelling, and we are excited for all students to take part.
This year, we are taking part in National Cycle on Wednesday (COW) on the 15th and we encourage children to cycle to school safely (with helmet and hi-vis) and with supervision. If this isn't practical, a cycle around your home or favourite trail would be great too!
We would love to publish some of your pictures of cycling together (don't forget scooters and push bikes too!) on the website, so please feel free to send them to my email: email@example.com, if you wish.
P.S. Cycling is an important life skill to master so when better to teach your child how to cycle than during Bike Week? I've included some videos you may find helpful below.