Questionnaire

To begin our project, all leaders felt that it was important to gather the initial responses of the children regarding their understanding of the term ‘climate change’.

As teachers, we devised 5 standard questions which would form part of our preliminary questionnaire:

1. Have you heard of the phrase climate change?

2. If yes, please explain your understanding of this term.

3. Do you think you as a person can have an impact on climate change?

4. Is climate change an important issue to: you,    your family,    school,    the local area,    our world    (please tick)

5. How could you help to save the planet?

The responses for each country were as follows:

England

1 –

2 – The most popular definitions of the term ‘climate change’ included: ‘the weather changing’ or ‘the world changing’.

3 –

4 –

5 – The top three answers to ‘how can we help to save the planet’ were:

a) pick up litter/don’t drop litter,

b) save water,

c) don’t cut down trees/save trees.

Italy

1 –

2 – The most popular definitions of the term ‘climate change’ included:

   a) the term means temperature increases and there can be rains, floods and melting galciers,

   b) the seasons change and whole climates change in certain countries,

   c) animals die out because of polution and ozone holes.

3 –

4 –

5 – The top three answers to ‘how can we help to save the planet’ were:

   a) turn off the lights and use less electricity,

   b) cut fewer trees

   c) use less transport, walk more.

Lithuania

  1. Ar esi girdėjęs apie klimato kaitą? (Have you heard of the term climate change?) Taip – 66   (yes) Ne – 70   (no)
  2. The most popular definitions of the term ‘climate change’ included: the earth is suffocating, climate change means melting galciers, more flooding, countries can drown, there’s an ongoing greenhouse effect, the earth is suffocating with smoke, certain types of animals are being destroyed.

3.  Ar tu, kaip žmogus, gali nulemti klimato kaitą? (Do you think you can have an impact on climate change?)

 Taip – 72   (yes)

 Ne – 64   (no)

4. Klimato kaita svarbi tema: (Climate change is an important topic to:)

a) me – 16

b) my family – 0

c) my school – 27

d) our local area – 27

e) our world – 66

5. The top three answers to ‘how can we help to save the planet’ were:

a) sort debris / do not litter,

b) walk more often, drive electric cars,

c) protect forests and plant more trees.

At the end of our two year project, we will repeat the questionnaire with our pupils. We will be able to compare the prelimary questionnaire results with the final questionnaire results. We anticipate that the knowledge and understanding of our pupils will have grown and we look forward to reading more varied, insightful and well-informed responses.