In the lead-up to Earth Day on 22 April, educators across the UK will be making plans on how to bring the crucial subjects of environmentalism, sustainability, climate change and the wellbeing of the planet into their classrooms - and it can feel like a challenge to know where to start. That’s why we’ve curated a special ‘Our Earth’ programme of films, resources and exclusive bonus content with Oxfam and Eco Schools on Into Film+ to initiate crucial conversations about these topics in the classroom.
Such conversations should be front and centre in all young people’s education, not only to inform them of climate change’s impact, but to provide inspiration on how we can all respond and adapt.
Using your voice to speak up about the climate crisis is an important way of making a difference.John McLaverty, Oxfam Youth Campaigner
Film, coupled with discussion and action, can be an inspiring medium for change. It can open doors to parts of our Earth that we might never see, from diverse ecosystems to abundant natural resources and amazing species of all kinds. Film and documentary also tell stories of the inspiring people who are dedicating themselves to activism and uncovering hidden truths, which in turn can help people take knowledge into their own communities and encourage positive action.Sign Up Now
Our Earth requires urgent action, both big and small, to create lasting and effective change. Whilst much of this work needs to be taken by governments, the private sector and civil society, educators have a particularly key role to play in providing young people with access to important information.
Our curated collection of feature-length and short films, documentaries, exclusive bonus content from experts and filmmakers, film guides, and educational resources can help initiate discussions in the run up to Earth Day and beyond. We aim to celebrate Our Earth and use film to motivate educators, and inspire young people.
It doesn't matter how old you are, your voice matters.Lana, Young Filmmaker
An imaginative tale touching on deforestation, pollution and the importance of ecosystems. The Lorax is accompanied by a film guide and bonus video created in collaboration with Eco Schools - to get younger students thinking about the importance of their local environment.
The Martian is a great film to watch as part of science, biology and PSHE lessons and when discussing ways of using and creating new resources, sustainability and biowaste management. It comes with a free film guide.
Accompanied by a film guide, Oddball and the Penguins is a great film to stream with younger audiences to discuss the importance of animal conservation and protection.
This bright and colourful Disney animation tells the story of Moana, the chief's daughter of a Polynesian village, who sets out on an adventure that leads her to explore Polynesian mythology, the importance of protecting her land and her ancestors, and her own identity. Accompanied by a film guide.
John and Molly Chester decide to follow their dream of creating a sustainable farm. This documentary educates young audiences about the food chain, farming practices, nature, and issues around life and death in an accessible way. Accompanied by a film guide.
This incredible documentary captures the remarkable journey that Emperor penguins of the South Antarctic make every winter. A fantastic film to explore the natural world with students of all ages. Accompanied by a film guide.
This short documentary discusses the ways sustainability can be practiced and asks questions about how social norms impact environmental action. Includes an intro and a bonus ‘top tips’ video from Oxfam Youth Campaigner, John McLaverty.
This impressive and ominous short 3D animation raises questions about what the future might look like due to increasing pollution and offers an opportunity to discuss what needs to change.
‘The Story of Plastic’ is a short film that provides a great introduction to environmentalism and sustainability for students of all ages.
A humorous French language short animation which examines attitudes around climate change, as well as providing an allegorical introduction to the topic for younger learners.
A short film which shows us what our blue planet might look like if we continue to ignore the effect our consumption is having on it. This short digital animation can be used in conjunction with lessons about climate change and the natural world.
This 3D computer animated short film doesn’t shy away from reflecting the harsh reality of many refugees’ and migrants’ stories, depicting how these people are regularly persecuted by wider society as a result of natural disaster and conflict.
This satirical mockumentary is full of funny moments but with reminders that the reality of climate change is very much on the horizon. This short tackles a vital subject and is a perfect accompaniment to lessons about climate change and environmentalism.
This African animation, suitable for 5-11 year olds, is an accessible and vibrant short story about plastic pollution, and is suitable for introducing themes around recycling and pollution to very young audiences.
* Screenings for an entertainment or extra-curricular purpose require a PVS (Public Video Screening) Licence from Filmbankmedia. State-funded schools in England are covered by the PVS Licence.