BC Green Games Guide #6: How To Tell Your Story

Now that you’ve successfully completed your environmental action project, we want you to share your story with BC Green Games! We want to hear how it went, so make sure you’ve documented your process. Positive stories about environmental action are more effective in creating change than focusing on all the negative things happening due to climate change. Storytelling is a great way to inspire social change! So, how do you tell the story of your environmental action project? Read on for what makes a successful BC Green Games story.

 

A big part of a BC Green Games project is effectively communicating the story of your project to both the judges and the community. We want to hear the details of your green success story! Crafting a captivating story needs all the elements of a story: setting, characters, challenges, beginning, middle and end—as well as the who, what, when, where, why and how. Also, be creative in how you present your story. Really use the digital medium to paint us a picture. Be creative in telling your story! Re-enact it, write a song, choreograph a dance, add special effects, shows students in action, show final results, show initial meetings and notes, etc. The possibilities are endless, but all projects should be communicated well with a strong student voice.

 

What could your project look like?

 

  • Photo essay
    • Action photos
    • Drawings and sketches
    • Posters
    • Brochures
    • Advertisements
  • Video essay
    • Music video
    • Skit
    • Documentary
    • Interview style
    • Parody
  • Optional: power point as PDF to share additional information, if needed
  • Be creative! There is no limit!

 

What questions should your essay answer?

 

Your accompanying story-style essay, ideally written by students with a minimum of 200 words, should answer most of the following questions:

 

The Inspiration

  • What inspired the students to take action?
  • Why is your project topic important?

 

The Research and Creation of An Action Plan

  • What is the science/research behind the actions?
  • What did students learn?
  • What was the purpose and goals of the project?

 

The Action(s) Taken

  • Where and when did the project take place?
  • Who was involved in the project?
  • Did anyone outside the classroom help with the project? If so, what did they do (lead a workshop or provide expertise/tools etc.)? Remember to tag them as a community coach!
  • What steps did the students take to complete the project (or are currently taking if it’s an ongoing project)?
  • How was the project promoted within the school or community?
  • Did your project move beyond the classroom?

 

The Impact and Reflection

  • What challenges did your team face?
  • How did/is your project helping the environment?
  • How did the project affect/benefit the students, school, and community?
  • What measurable impacts impacts/results did you your project have?
  • Did your project meet the set goals?

 

The Next Steps

  • How will your project continue in the future?

 

What could you win?

 

Back this year, we have Green Grants, overnight adventures, Battery Recycling Advocate Prizes and the ProductCare School Mural Prize. Having a strong action project, student voice, and storytelling component are important for all of these prizes. Especially for the Battery Recycling prize, which has specific criteria for creating a campaign that encourages recycling. See our prize page for full details on what’s required to be considered for this campaign project.

 

In addition to all those wonderful prizes, we have two brand new prizes this year. If your project is about climate action or water management, you could win $2,500 for your Green Team! You can either do an action project or create an awareness campaign on the following topics: reducing carbon emissions, restoring carbon sinks, remediating urban water ways to improve water quality or improving water conservation by decreasing water use. This is open to elementary and secondary teams, and it’s a great opportunity to create an awareness campaign or event around these topics. You can win money to continue the project. Read more details on the criteria for these new prizes below:

 

RBC Water Management Prize

Open to elementary and secondary teams.

Clean water is an important resource that should be available and managed sustainably. To be considered for this prize, your project must do one or more of the following:

  • Protect or remediate urban waterways to improve water quality
  • Improve water use efficiency at school or home to improve overall water conservation
  • Increase awareness of how to help protect urban waterways or improve water conservation at school or home

 

RBC Climate Action Prize

Open to elementary and secondary teams.

We need to take action to combat climate change and its impacts. To be considered for this prize, your project must do one or more of the following:

  • Mitigate climate change by reducing carbon emissions
  • Mitigate climate change by protecting and enhancing carbon sinks
  • Increase knowledge and awareness about climate change and what we can do

 

We can’t wait to see your stories of environmental action shared with us! If you are looking for tips on how to create an effective awareness campaign check out our last blog here. Still not sure what your project should be about? Be inspired by the rest of this blog series on different eco topics such as environmental stewardship and restoration, working towards zero waste, school gardens and compost, and reducing carbon emissions.

 

Curriculum Connections

(in addition to any connections to specific project topics):

 

  • Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words (K)
  • Dance, drama, music and visual arts are each a unique language for creating and communicating (2)
  • Exploring stories and other texts can help us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world (4)
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort and action (4/5)
  • The choice of technology and tools depends on the task (4/5)
  • Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues (6)
  • Social, ethical and sustainability considerations impact design and decision making (10)
  • Ethical marketing contributes to a healthier global marketplace (10)
  • Multi-stage design projects benefit from collaborative work environments (10)
  • Marketing services and products can be designed through consultation and collaboration (11)
  • The design cycle is an ongoing reflective process (11)
  • Design for the life cycle includes consideration of social and environmental impacts (11)
  • Design and content can influence the lives of others (11)
  • And more!