How many of you stayed up late at the weekend to watch the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games? I know I did! As the environment took centre stage, we’re reminded of an important theme within consumer education – that of sustainable consumption.
The ceremony highlighted the impact of our lifestyle and consumption choices on our planet, featuring graphics and videos showing the world’s changing temperatures as a result of man-made climate change. It also delivered a positive message that action can lead to change, with each athlete planting a sapling that will become a forest of 12,000 trees!
The Olympic opening ceremony was a reminder of the actions we can each take to create a more fair, and sustainable world. This includes the choices we make as consumers such as where our food is from, what transport we use and the kind of holidays we go on.
As you return to school in September, what about showing your students a couple of clips from the opening ceremony and asking for their opinions – what do they think the message was? What simple changes can they take in their everyday life to live more sustainably?
You can find lots of teaching resources on this theme. Go to our Global Dimension website and in the “browse resources” section, click on ‘topics’ to search for the keyword ‘Olympics’. The “Hold a Recycled Sports Day” from Send a Cow is great for putting your students’ learning about sustainability into practice, while building on the momentum of Rio 2016 and getting them active!
Also, take a look a look at our World’s Largest Lesson page, a project to raise school pupils’ awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The resources under goal 12 are all about responsible consumption and production! Check out the “Understanding Sustainable Consumption” lesson plan, which includes fun and interactive activities that bring learning to life.
Finally, don’t forget to take a look at the English resources about Sustainable Consumption here on the Consumer Classroom website!
Enjoy the rest of the Games!
Catherine Richardson, Think Global