On February the 4th, Kiko Network and three volunteers gave a workshop about climate change prevention. The school that the team attended, was Shimeishougakkou at Kitaoji. The team held a workshop for fifth graders, aged 10 and 11. The name of workshop was ‘Ecolife Challenge’. Eco life challenge consists of three parts. Preliminary learning session, practical session and reflective learning session. On that day, the students took part in the reflective learning session. The reflective learning lesson was divided in several parts. The students were split up into several groups. Each group consisted of four students. Part 1 is the introduction, where an employee of Kiko Network introduces the topic of climate change. On that day, it was Fukamizu-san. She reflected on what is happening right in the world as a result of global warming. Furthermore, Fukamizu-san explained what the causes are of global warming. At the end, Fukamizu-san expressed the importance of keeping the global temperature rise below two °C. Over the past centuries, studies has shown that CO2 emissions have an atrocious effect on the global average temperature. The temperature of the earth is increasing by 0.85°C in the past 132 years.
In the second part of the workshops, the student’s workbook and Ecolife report were handed out by Fukamizu-san and the volunteers. Each student wrote in his or her workbook what kind of prevention action they committed during the winter break. As an example, two prevention action were introduced. Such as setting the air conditioner temperature below 20°C and using an isolation sheet to keep the house warm. Therefore refraining the residents from increasing the temperature at home. Additionally, Fukamizu-san asked the students to check the electricity usage quantity and compare it with the average usage quantity in Kyoto. If it so happened that the usage was higher than the average in Kyoto, the students were requested to discuss this matter with their family and contemplate on how to decrease the electricity usage.
The students were asked to post their prevention actions on a large green paper. Every student’s prevention actions were posted. Their prevention actions were divided into two parts: did and did not do. The blue post-its showed the prevention actions that the students carried out. The pink post-its show the preventions actions that the students did not carry out. In the picture on the left, you can see that were very busy in dividing their prevention actions.
Part three consisted of finding similar actions and forming a group of them. The purposed group was formed by prevention actions the students did do and did not do. A group of students has completed their task, as seen in this picture.
Part four composed of naming the group the students had just formed. For example, prevention actions that were mainly concerned about the television or air conditioner. You can see in this picture that the students named their formed groups.
What follows next is the penultimate phase of the workshop. The students held a presentation on how to challenge themselves in the future. This mainly consisted of the prevention actions that they could not achieve during the winter break.
The final presentation was the end of the workshop. Each group presented their group’s prevention actions. This opportunity allowed the students to reflect on the other group’s prevention actions. In addition, it was the perfect moment to discuss early mentioned actions. All students participated eagerly during the workshop. It seems that the students of Shimeishougakkou are keen to change the world. Not only for themselves in the near future, yet also for their own children.
*All of the pictures were taken with the consent of their teacher.