LEAF Education and COP26

LEAF Education has teamed up with Sainsbury's to offer a series of resources to help students learn more about the causes, effects and solutions of global climate change.

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LEAF Education, in partnership with our members, works to engage, inspire and motivate young people through experiential learning, in order to equip our future generations with balanced and informed insight into food production, farming and the environment. We work across the education and agricultural sectors to mobilise farmers and educators to bring food production, farming and the environment into a learning context and embed an appreciation of farming into everyday life.

The UK will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November 2021. We have put together a series of resources to help your students learn more about the causes, effects and solutions of global climate change. Inspire them to be part of the generation that combats this global crisis.

These resources for primary and secondary school children include PowerPoints, teachers' notes, activity sheets and links to a new series of mini case study videos illustrating how farmers are producing food for Sainsbury’s sustainably. The full suite of mini videos are hosted on the new Sainsbury’s Global Farm website (www.sainsburysglobalfarm.com) developed in collaboration with LEAF Education.



  • Encourage Primary school children to consider how climate change will affect common farmland wildlife.
  • These Secondary activities introduce KS3/4 students to the realities of climate change and its link to biodiversity, focusing on the impacts, causes and solutions.

Climate Change

  • Use these Primary resources to give children an engaging way of learning about the different greenhouse gases, where they come from and the possible impacts of global climate change.
  • Find out how climate change may affect what we grow, with this Guided Exploration aimed at KS2/3 students; use the series of questions with suggested websites to investigate the answers.
  • Explore the realities of climate change with these Secondary activities, focusing on the impacts, causes and possible solutions.


  • These Primary activities explore the uses of plastic and the problems caused by plastic waste. Focusing on plastics in dairy farming, students are encouraged to conduct an investigation to find the most environmentally friendly milk bottle.
  • Take a look at how farmers are reducing their plastic use and increasing recycling with these brilliant activities designed for Secondary students.

Soils and Food Waste

  • Primary focused materials exploring what soil is made from, how soil can help prevent climate change and how food waste is linked to soils and climate change.
  • Why not introduce your Secondary students to sustainable food production and how farmers can utilise excess farm produce?


  • Learn about the water cycle with these Primary resources looking at how water is related to climate change and issues around floods and drought.
  • These activities designed for Secondary students explore the water cycle and climate change, and the impacts, causes and possible solutions associated with sustainable water management.

How we can all make a difference

  • This Climate Change Booklet aimed at secondary students and produced by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) highlights what farmers are doing to work towards net zero. The booklet also suggests small changes that everyone can make to help combat climate change.
  • Use the resources in this Climate change: working together for a safe and healthy world booklet to encourage students to explore, discuss, debate and to form their own views about how we can work together to address climate change challenges.

What else can we offer teachers?

Coun­try­side Classroom

Coun­try­side Class­room helps teach­ers to find resources, places to vis­it and school sup­port relat­ing to the themes of food, farm­ing and the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment. Our site con­tains a huge range of qual­i­ty assured edu­ca­tion­al con­tent from hun­dreds of contributors.

Find out more

In-school & on-farm activities

Are you a teacher or edu­ca­tor and want to know how we can sup­port you with in-school and on-farm activities?

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What can I do as an individual?

    Cli­mate Change: what can we do to help?

    We have pro­duced this easy-to-read book­let, high­light­ing what farm­ers are doing to work towards net zero. The book­let also sug­gests small changes that every­one can make to help com­bat cli­mate change.

    Read now

    Vis­it a farm on LEAF Open Farm Sunday

    You can vis­it a farm and see how farm­ers are pro­duc­ing your food in cli­mate pos­i­tive ways on LEAF Open Farm Sun­day – the farm­ing industry’s annu­al open day! For over 15 years, we have been help­ing to con­nect the pub­lic with the jour­ney of their food – from gate to plate. 

    Next year’s LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is on 22nd June 2022, we look for­ward to see­ing you!

    Find out more

    Sains­bury’s Glob­al Farm

    Explore the Sains­bury’s Glob­al Farm web­site to learn all about what farm­ers are doing to help curb cli­mate change.

    Take a look

    Have you heard about LEAF Marque?

    LEAF Mar­que is an envi­ron­men­tal assur­ance sys­tem recog­nis­ing more sus­tain­ably farmed prod­ucts. Did you know that...


    of UK Fruit & Veg is grown on LEAF Marque certified businesses


    hectares on LEAF Marque certified businesses globally


    of LEAF Marque certified businesses have at least one type of renewable energy on farm

    How is LEAF involved with COP26?

    LEAF has observ­er sta­tus’ at COP26. Find out more about the tar­gets of the event, as well as our com­mit­ments, con­tri­bu­tions and actions.

    Find out more