Finding out about an environmental issue is just the beginning. The real impact comes from learning to make informed choices and actions.

Find out what can and cannot be recycled in the area where you live. Keep a diary of the things your family throws away and recycles during the course of a week. Does anything surprise you? Make signs or posters to remind everyone what can be recycled and what can’t, and to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

To raise awareness of the importance of reducing waste, pupils at a primary school in Hull made costumes out of recycled materials and modelled them at a local shopping centre and handed out leaflets to members of the public with information about recycling. What could you do?

Perhaps you could design and make an outfit from newspaper and reused materials and take a photograph of you or your family modelling the costume, create leaflets to raise awareness, or build planters for growing seeds out of recycled materials?

Share your photographs using the hashtag #ConnectingClassrooms and we'll retweet the best ones.

To find out more about this subject go to:

Zero Waste classroom resource

How can we combat climate change? resource

Ecobricks website