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Talking to Young Children about The Global Goals

Added 09 Sep 2021 | Updated 15 Sep 21

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The Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals) affect us all. They are 17 goals, agreed to by world leaders, and they form the blueprint for governments, businesses, educators, adults, and children to work together to end poverty, eradicate inequality, and respond to the call to action of the climate emergency to protect our environment.

It is important that children do not feel overwhelmed by climate change but rather that we support them to feel empowered to take action towards caring for our resources and environment in order to preserve and protect the planet for their generation and for future generations to come. These session plans use the book George Saves the World by Lunchtime by Jo Readman to introduce some key messages in an accessible way.

Before you begin you may wish to explore The Global Goals further. You can find more information on The Global Goals website.


  • To introduce The Global Goals through the World’s Largest Lesson Earth Cubs resources, a story book, and discussion
  • To use the selected resources to educate and empower children
  • To support children in seeing themselves as agents of change
  • To help children respond to the targets set by The Global Goals by taking action in the local community or further afield

Curriculum links

  • These sessions plans link to the EYFS curriculum in the areas of personal, social, and emotional development, communication and language, literacy and understanding the world.

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