Yaas! The Body Shop will be providing sustainability lessons for teachers in a trailblazing move

Brilliant.

06 Jun 2019

The Body Shop is doing more for the environment than recycling old carrots to make face masks (hello, circular beauty). They're also trying to educate and empower young people who currently don't feel like they know much about sustainability or the environment.

For World Environment Day, The Body Shop released some new research - and their plan to address the results. According to their findings, 80 per cent of young people feel their generation is under pressure to solve environmental issues, yet 44 per cent of students say they never or rarely hear about sustainability in the classroom. Sixty four per cent of young people want to learn more about global issues around sustainability in order to make a positive impact to save the planet. Fifty-nine per cent said they would be more likely to engage in a subject if it had a sustainability angle and 19 per cent want to do more but don’t know how without adequate information.

To help inform and empower young people, The Body Shop have just launched The Body Shop Educational Programme, which is a free resource linked to the school curriculum, created by teachers, for teachers. It's aimed at students 14 and over - exactly the age group who are feeling so disenfranchised, overwhelmed and helpless when it comes to climate change and our impact on the environment. The programme includes five lesson plans focusing on sustainability, across geography, business studies, design and technology and science. There are downloadable quizzes, short films, presentations and worksheets. The lessons look at global supply chains, ethics and sustainable business practices.

Pins Brown, Head of Ethical Trade & Sourcing from The Body Shop says: “It’s fantastic to see that young people are hungry for more information surrounding sustainability and how they can actively contribute in driving change to make a positive difference in the world. We know that education is instrumental in helping to create such change and developed The Body Shop’s Educational Programme to give teachers instant access to free resources that bring real-life context and discussion of ethical, sustainable practices into the classroom to enable future generations to make informed choices on how they can enrich their own futures and those of others”.

Adele Goulding, a geography teacher from Manchester says, “These resources and lesson plans are a fantastic way to help bring real-life context to the classroom. The Body Shop Educational Programme shares a variety of tasks, which are broken up with interactive clips and videos to help engage and retain the attention of students. They allow students to work independently and in groups, as well as offer more challenging, creative tasks to appeal to the most able”.

Sounds absolutely brilliant to us. This is the sort of thing that allows us to feel a little hope for the future.