Activities and Curricula for UN Sunday Religious Education
Activity: Write a Letter to Make a Difference
- Sheets of paper and pens or markers. (Optional) A whiteboard for writing down ideas
- Print out, project, or share the screen of this poster from National Geographic about how to write a letter (PDF). Have other examples if possible.
- Prepare a list of possible recipients, i.e. the school superintendent, local legislatures, senators, and addresses for those recipients.
- Brainstorm some ideas for who to send a letter to and what suggestions or requests to make. Going over a sample letter might help with this process.
- What climate justice issues are prominent in your local community?
- Are there specific climate-related laws that are up for consideration by your city council or state legislature?
- Display the PDF linked above and discuss the different sections of the letter and why they are important.
- Have students work on their letter by themselves.
- Once they have finished writing, ask if anyone would like to share what they wrote.
- Sending the letter is optional but spend some time instructing students on how to send a letter.
Kids Against Climate Change is a website with many lessons and games to teach kids about climate change. While it is not well suited for in class instruction, kids who are interested might be able to explore this website while at home.
Lesson plans from Tapestry of Faith program related to climate justice:
For Grades K-1: “Caring for the Earth” from the Love Surrounds Us Program. This lesson plan explores how children can help the environment and how Rachel Carson helped start the environmental movement.
For Grades 2-3: “Protect the Earth” from the Faithful Journeys program. This lesson plan engages children with the impacts of climate change and how they can help.
For grades 4-5: “The Power of Earth” from the Sing to Power program. This lesson plan explores indigenous traditions around the earth, empowering to action, and the interconnectedness of people and planet.
For grades 6-8 (and older): “The Call for Abundance” from the Heeding the Call program. While it does not explicitly discuss the environment, the activities can readily be framed in terms of climate change.
For grades 8-9 (and older): “Indigenous Religions: The Earth Speaks” from the Building Bridges program. This lesson explores the importance of Indigenous stories and traditions. Though it is only partly focused on environmental issues, participants can be guided to tell stories relating to the environment.