Resources for lockdown learning

We’re in lockdown three, with schools and colleges closed. Here are some ideas for books, films and resources for teaching and learning on climate and ecology, with the emphasis on resources for older children and young adults. It’s not our intention to increase the time that young people spend confined indoors, sitting still looking at a screen, but recognise that this is the reality for so many with inadequate access to outdoor space and with current pandemic restrictions. If you can get outside, here’s a great list of things to do when you go on walks.

We’ve been working on a teachers resource on Colonialism and Climate, soon to be published by A New Direction. We’ll let you know when it’s out, and will be sharing some short videos all about it. There’s also our first publication on the way – Find Your Flow and Change the World, a visual handbook for wellbeing of self and planet. Until they’re ready, here’s what we’ve got:


Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty – read our review by Naomi Faulkner-Felgate

No one is too small to make a difference, speeches by Greta Thunberg – see our visual review of it

Challenge Everything: An Extinction Rebellion Youth guide to saving the planet, by Blue Sandford. (We’d love to host a review of this one)

The Survival Game, by Nicky Singer – climate fiction, set in a world remade by climate breakdown. Mhairi and a silent boy travel north to Scotland.

Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood – eco fiction, set in the aftermath of a global pandemic, suitable for young adults

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi – another climate fiction, about water justice and crime set in the desertified American west.

New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson – the title tells you when and where it’s set! It imagines the inhabitants of the city after 50 feet of sea level rise.

Fragment, by Craig Russell – a human and political drama set amidst Antarctic glacier collapse

From What If to What Next, by Rob Hopkins – written for adults but very accessible and motivating. It’s all about unleashing the imagination to create the future we want.

There is No Planet B, a handbook for the make or break years, by Mike Berners-Lee – for adults but very clear, comprehensive and positive

Project Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming – like an encyclopaedia of optimism, packed full of climate solutions and clear, detailed explanations

We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change, by Tim Flannery

The Non-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change, by Danny Chivers – this is recommended for its attention to political aspects such as climate science denial, as well as sound coverage of science and solutions.

Climate Change and How We’ll Fix It by Alice Harman and illustrated by Andres Lozano

The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution – definitely one for parents & educators, quite a long read, but very engaging and encouraging. 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep:

This article is full of recommendations of eco-fiction and other climate books for children and young people.

One of our Pinterest boards – all about children’s books on climate


Trees on Film – a selection of films about trees made by our young associates, for the Urban Tree Festival

I Am Greta – BBC documentary and a learning resource about Greta Thunberg

2040, a film by Damon Gameau, on his journey to imagine how the year might look if global action was taken to mitigate our current carbon consumption. Read our review by associate Antonia Lee.

Beyond Blue, game inspired by the BBC’s Blue Planet, exploring the ocean.

Endling, an eco-conscious survival adventure. Defend your cubs as the last fox parent on Earth.

Temtem, a massively multiplayer creature collection adventure, set in an Airborne Archipelago, engaging players in situations of conservation and exploitation.

Other resources

EcoLockdown is an initiative throughout February from Transform Our World – a resource hub for teachers to bring environmental action into the classroom

Serpentine Gallery’s Power Pack on the climate emergency

The Lost Words resources – explorer packs, sheet music and links related to the Lost Words book

Climate Basics: Some clear, graphic explanations of climate on another of our Pinterest boards

Our drawing activities that we shared during the Big Green Draw: 1) express your climate emotions; 2) we are nature – ecological art; 3) explore energy; 4) imagine green futures.

Our ideas for rewilding your life in 2021 – offer a good checklist for families to make plans for what might seem a flat and empty year ahead.

And, to help with this, lots of ideas for Acts of Tree Kindness:  Creative Noticing; Words and StoriesFood and WaterMaking Space for TreesHomes and HabitatsGrowing FoodTrees as Sentient BeingsCelebration; and Planting and Protection

Explore our digital collections. Room 1: Appreciating the Earth Room 2: Exploring the Earth crisis Room 3: Ideas for Activism Room 4: Ideas for changing the system and Room 5: Ideas for living sustainably

Black Lives Matter resources for anti-racist solidarity, put together by our friends, ONCA. The root causes of the Earth crisis are behind racism, and the impacts are affecting black and indigenous people and people of colour more than white people.

Thoughtbox Climate Curriculum, best practice in climate education resources, focusing on critical thinking and conversations.

Empowering Learners in a Warming World, a Canadian enquiry-based curriculum on climate change

Get more active, join the campaign Teach the Future which aims to reform the education system to reflect the severity of the climate crisis.

If you’re in Lewisham, we have some free online workshops, starting with this one for 12-15 year olds about rivers.

We’ll add more here over time. Please send your suggestions to us on

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