To celebrate Earth Day today, we have joined forces with Siemens to raise awareness of the environment and engage children on the topic of climate change.
Our partnership involves the gifting of over 3,000 books to primary schools across the country, an online author event with Martin Dorey and the launch of an exciting challenge, supported by Walker Books, to help children develop literacy skills to research, plan and advocate for the future.
As part of the project, more than 3,000 exclusively pre-released copies of Martin Dorey’s new book Kids Fight Climate Change (Walker Books) will be donated to 214 primary schools across our Hub areas: Middlesbrough, Manchester, Nottingham, and the North East; close to Siemens sites in the UK, further building on the work Siemens do with their local communities around education and climate action.
Schools across the country can access our supporting classroom resources and activities to facilitate conversations and learning about the environment and a virtual assembly is taking place at 10am today, open to all schools, with best-selling author and international environmental superstar Martin Dorey.
Inspired by the book, Martin Dorey is setting an exciting challenge for pupils in which they will pledge their own two minute challenge in their local communities to help protect the planet this Earth Day and be a #2MinuteSuperhero.
If you miss the event and would like to re-watch it, a recording will be available on our Words for Life website, where the #2MinuteSuperhero challenge and activities can be found so families and schools can take part in this at home, in the classroom and on social media.
Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Siemens on this project to inspire change through reading. In light of lockdown easing and how our reduced activity across the world has had a positive impact on our environment, Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to open the conversation about this essential topic. The project will give children a platform to explore ways we can live more sustainably, and the problems and solutions that they see in the world around them.
“Just one book can motivate a child to choose a certain path, encourage them to make important decisions and give them the lifelong literacy benefits that reading for pleasure brings. Our research showed that 3 in 5 children and young people said that reading during lockdown made them feel better and that reading encouraged half of children (50.2%) to dream about the future, which shows how important books are for supporting both wellbeing and outlook on the future.”
Siemens and the National Literacy Trust have a shared mission to elevate and support children and young people’s learning and literacy.
Siemens offers curriculum lesson plans, interactive resources, insights into STEM careers and information about challenges and events on its website, and the National Literacy Trust support schools, communities and families in areas with the greatest literacy problems to change life stories.
To find out more and to download the classroom resources please visit: literacytrust.org.uk/earth-day