Switch Off Fortnight is a nationwide campaign that takes place every November to encourage schools to switch off lights and electrical appliances when not in use for two weeks. The goals for schools are to help them save energy and monitor the impact of changing user behaviour on the school’s energy use.
Switch Off Fortnight is also a fantastic opportunity to educate the future generation about the benefits of reducing their energy use (both at school and home) and help them understand how making small changes in their own lives can collectively help to tackle the climate emergency.
This year’s Switch Off Fortnight campaign, run by the Pod in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, took place from 8-21 November 2021 –deliberately overlapping with COP26 so that schools and their students could contribute to conversations around climate change.
The Pod developed a range of new learning resources, including a film, assembly, and factsheets, for this year’s Switch Off Fortnight to help students understand what net zero is, why COP26 matters, and what steps they can take to reduce their energy use. Schools joining the Switch Off Fortnight campaign also received a campaign pack including sticks and posters.
To take part or to use the resources, which are available all year round, schools first need to join the Pod. It takes just a few minutes to sign up, following the steps below. Encourage other schools in your community to take part too!