Institute of Inspiration
A JOURNEY TOWARDS ACTION
‘Our school motto is ‘Educating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow’. Whilst we are proud to say we are providing a high standard of education today, we are honestly finding it difficult to inspire students, in the face of the current Climate and Biodiversity challenges’.
Emma Lambden - Headteacher - Thirsk School & 6th Form College.
To tackle this challenge we have created the ‘Institute of Inspiration’ to provide a focus and inspire tomorrow's leaders. As part of this action we are filming a conservation and climate action documentary, plus social media channels, for COP28, led by young people from both the UK and Patagonia.
For context the young people will be discussing their climate anxiety and the conservation action they want to see in their respective communities, whilst exploring ‘nature’s stories’. The aim being to not only raise awareness of climate issues, but to also enthuse the next generation of nature lovers. This international journey is tied together by a middle aged man with prosthetic hips, cycling 2500 km, directed by the young people. His route will be determined by the environmental challenges and success stories they want him to explore.
This page is a work in progress that will be updated as the young people grab hold of their stories and as their cycling guinea pig progresses.
Below are just some of the headline questions the students have started to investigate in our interactive environmental curriculum on the journey to COP28.
What does it mean to buy green?
The Power of Stories
In poor rural communities what are they doing to live sustainable with limited resources?
How do we inspire more people to act?
Second Life Equipment
Do we always need to buy new?
Wear and repair?
Second Life Technology
Connecting Young People Globally
Thinking Global Acting Local - Climate change makes us all neighbours
Media & Journalist Skills
What skills do we need to make a documentary?
Examples of Stories to Investigate
Q. How do you deal with invasive species?
Q. What’s causing the desertification?
Q. What conservation projects are going well?
Q. How can we help in our communities?
What are the challenges mother nature is facing around the globe?
Sponsor our School Governor with all money going to the Schools Charitable Just Giving Account.
All donations will support sustainable projects in the THIRSK community.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Warmshowers.org Foundation is a vibrant community of more than 185,000 touring cyclists and hosts who offer free hospitality in nearly every corner of the world. Our mission is to facilitate and promote safe, free reciprocal hospitality for the world-wide touring bicycling community. Our goal is to make a million positive community connections possible. We envision a future where everyone, everywhere, views Warmshowers.org Foundation as THE community for touring cyclists and those who host them.
At Risedale we believe in good behaviours that support learning, respect and care for each other regardless of background, belief or personality and we will constantly develop these qualities with our young people so that they can become full, happy and productive citizens of the future.