Promoting Climate-friendly Actions of High School Students: A Case from Turkey

1Aksaray University, TURKEY.
2Middle East Technical University, TURKEY.
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2021.92.17


Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate a case in which various extracurricular activities were implemented to promote high school students’ climate-friendly actions.

Research Methods: This study’s case was the Green Team Student Club, in which 18 high school students engaged voluntarily in different types of extracurricular activities during student club hours throughout two school semesters. Data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analysis of the student tasks.

Findings: Findings revealed that the students explicitly displayed climate-friendly behaviours such as developing strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of their school, becoming conscious energy and water consumers, and informing other people about climate change while they developed action competence through knowledge-construction (attending interactive seminars, field visits, etc.), dissemination of knowledge (preparing posters, writing articles for the school journal, etc.), and experiencing action (calculating the carbon footprint of the school and developing strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of the school, etc.).

Implications for Research and Practice: While the results may provide insights for teachers and school principals about integrating extracurricular activities within the schooling process, policymakers can also use them in planning to create climate-friendly educational settings.

Keywords: climate change education; action competence; extracurricular activities; high school students; case study