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The week@campus

You can use this version of The Week at your university or high school!

Right now, it’s being used in classes, by student organizations, and sustainability offices all over the world to spark powerful conversations about the climate, and what we can do about it.

Organize your own session with friends, students, professors or staff!


Who are you?

I’m a student
You can definitely organize a session of The Week! Get your friends together, or approach a professor / student organization about hosting The Week, and we’ll help you with the rest!
We're a student organization
You can host a big session of The Week to recruit more students to join you. Put up posters, send out social media invitations, and get your sustainability office to promote the event to get as many people as you can!
I'm a professor
You can use The Week in your classroom. Here are a number of important tips and guidelines on how (and how not) to include The Week in your classes.
I'm in the sustainability office
If your work is to create a culture of sustainability on campus, or get students engaged with the environment, then The Week is powerful tool to inspire students, faculty and staff to shift behavior!
After seeing The Week the first time, we organized another session with 25 people. And we are already planning a second one with neighbors. In "The Week", there is so much respect for everyone. In our group, where people were at very different stages of awareness, everyone appreciated the experience, because they felt respected...
Angers, France
This experience has been incredible for me and my friends and we are already full of ideas and plans as to what comes next. The content and above all the discussion and togetherness have made it very powerful.
Barcelona, Spain
I felt much more connected to the possibility of making a difference than I ever have. Selecting ways to effect change that bring me joy is a new way of looking at climate for me.
Lexington MA, United States
The conversations after the films were a real joy: to be able to address the topic with my family, across generations, to discuss what each one of us can do through our work. (...) Thank you for making this possible within my family.
Bruxelles, Belgium
There is no guilt, and instead it’s full of concrete actions we can take and that can be joyful!!! It’s the first time I feel optimistic after watching a climate movie.
London, United Kingdom
I wanted to reach out because I feel that what you are doing with The Week is such a crucial tool and approach to give us the best chance of dealing with the mayhem, and to do that with joy and compassion.
Bath, United Kingdom
Through the full process, my friend and I laughed, cried, cheered out loud, hugged, had goosebumps, had to pause the video because we couldn’t wait until the end to talk about what we were feeling…
United Kingdom

It can be done in many different ways

The essence is: “Meet 3 times, with the same group, within a week”.

You meet for 90 minutes: 60 minutes of film + 30 minutes of conversations (or more if you want).

For the rest, people do The Week in all sorts of ways:
With a small group of students, faculty, or staff. Or with very large groups who watch the film together and break into small groups for the conversations.
The groups can meet in person or online.
It can be done as an official class project or university-wide event, but also by individuals or groups, organized by students themselves.
Here is what not to do:
Never make it mandatory! If it's an official class project, let students know what to expect and offer an alternative if this is not the right time for some of them to engage deeply with this topic. More guidelines here.
People should join only if they can do all 3 sessions. And no binge watching: leave 24 hours or more in between sessions.
The Week is for students 16 years or older. Don't share it with children below that age.

Frequently asked question

We’re all busy! How can we find the time to meet three times in one week?

We hear you! Students & staff are some of the busiest people we know - so we’ve thought of several ways you can fit The Week into your schedule.

One way is to organize a hybrid experience. If it’s hard to meet in person three times throughout one week, you can organize some of the episodes online, and some in person! This is what Elizabeth Demacopoulos did at Fordham University, by organizing a potluck dinner with students for the first episode, and doing the next two online.

If you’re a teacher and you want to organize The Week with your students - you could also have students organize their own groups outside of class time. We’ve had several professors around the world do this.

There also have been groups that have done The Week one episode per week. But just keep in mind: it's coming together 3 times within a few days that turns The Week into a powerful experience. If the episodes are too spread out, the content of the movies won’t be as fresh, and it will be harder to remember the emotions felt, and what your group members shared in the previous conversation.


I want to organize a session, but I’m not sure how to invite my group or what to say to them.
What should I do?

We promise, it’s super simple! Once you sign up to organize a group, we’ll send you an email right away with all the details, including sample invitations that you can use to invite others.

If you’re an organization putting together a more public screening and you want to share on your social media that you’re organizing The Week - we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a social media kit with ready-made graphics and captions to save you the time.

How has The Week been used in other schools or universities?

Many different ways! One of the beauties of the experience is being able to adapt it to your own context. And that’s true for students, staff, and teachers. Take Ursula Stenger at the University of Cologne, Germany, for example. As an optional assignment, she asked her class of 380 students to organize their own screening of The Week, which led to more than 90+ screenings!

Or there’s Tina Bessias at Durham Academy in North Carolina, who used The Week to get teachers, top-level administrators, parents, and students talking about how they can implement a school-wide focus on sustainability. If you’d like, you can hear directly from Tina and Ursula in this webinar we hosted in November.

There’s also student organizations, like the Environment Justice group at The New School in New York. They organized a screening of The Week with students and cafeteria staff, to jumpstart a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic in their college’s cafeteria. Along with the added benefit of getting more students involved in their future actions!

Sky’s the limit, and we’d be happy to hear your ideas of how you want to organize a screening! Feel free to contact John for this, or if you need any advice.

Ready for the adventure?

Don’t overthink it. You can get the first group together, say it’s a test and try it out, before potentially inviting more people. If you organize several groups in parallel, sign up each group separately. We'll send you unique links to the films for every group so your groups don’t get mixed up.