The Precious Thing

Additional resources on Climate Change

Climate change is the inspiration behind our show. It never rains but pours is a metaphor, an invitation to look better after our environment and get rid of the pollution that we invite into our lives, sometimes unwittingly.
We put together some additional resources and activities for adults and children to better understand climate change. We also included a few suggestions on how we can all make a difference by taking a few easy steps in our daily life.

Resources for children:

A simple explanation of climate change, where it’s coming from and what we can do about it: (source: NASA)

Additional reading for young people:

Books to read:

  • Under the weather by Tony Bradman. A collection of short stories for ages 8-12
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg. A collection of Greta Thunberg speeches
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block for ages 14-17

Games and activities for children and young people:

Resources for adults:

Books to read:

  • There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee
  • All We Can Save by Katharine Wilkinson
  • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken
  • The Future Earth by Eric Holthaus
  • The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann

Activities for adults:

As an individual it is difficult to feel like you have any impact but there are many things we can do. We encourage you to look at the resources above, learn, educate yourself, and ask that others around you do the same.

If you do one thing, do this:

Write a letter to your MP to say how concerned you are about climate change and you want them to take action. Copy and paste (and adapt if you want) the text below into an email to your MP and don’t forget to personalise the bits in green.

Find out who your MP is and their email address:

Dear [Name of your MP],
I am writing to you as a constituent of [your constituency] because I am concerned about the climate emergency.

I’ve already seen the impacts of climate change in the UK from flooding and storms to extreme heat waves.

A commitment to ending our country’s contribution to climate change has been supported across all parties. The Government has just over a year to put in place policies that will get us on track to our net zero target– but our window is getting smaller. Will you commit to championing policies that ensure we have a safer and cleaner future?

There are four things that can be put in place right now to slash our emissions and get us on track to deliver net zero. On behalf of everyone in [insert your constituency here], will you champion policies in parliament that ensure:

  • Our homes are warmer and cheaper to run
  • Our transport is fit for the future, better for our health and environment
  • We are investing in energy that the British public want– that’s better for our climate (and our pockets).
  • We restore our country’s iconic natural landscape, planting more trees to improve air quality, and naturally suck carbon from the air.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]


Other things you can do:

  • Take the bike instead of the car on short journeys
  • Purchase food with paper and card packaging or no packaging.
  • Write to the newspaper and supermarkets to campaign to stop plastic packaging, other options are available!
  • Switch to renewable energy
  • Visit community fridge and save food from the landfill, it is usually just surplus from supermarkets or short dated.
  • Eat less meat and dairy; try and find local produce or if you have access to an allotment or community allotment join by yourself or with friends.
  • Don’t waste water: turn the tap off when you are cleaning your teeth, don’t boil more water than you need (it will save both water and energy)
  • Make your home energy efficient, saving money and the planet, insulation, efficient lighting.
  • Use glass storage jars to avoid micro plastics.
  • Buy eco friendly produce: the more in demand eco friendly produce is the cheaper and more accessible it will be.
  • Give new life to things you don’t use: send used clothes to charity shops; buy and sell clothes and other house items on Vinted and Debop.

If you want to donate money or join an organisation with lobbying power, you can get in touch with:

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