How can schools be involved in COP26 and the lessons on climate change?

What is COP26?

For nearly three decades the United Nations has brought together nearly every country on earth for their annual global conference on climate change – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. This year will be the 26th annual summit, giving it the name COP26.

The 2021 conference in Glasgow, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will run from 31 October to 12 November.

The UK government will take a leading role in the conference, with the Department of Education (DfE) leading the conversation on how to combat climate change through education, as part of an international effort to reduce carbon emissions. carbon and protect our planet.

How can you involve your students in climate action?

Education is a key tool for raising awareness and equipping future generations with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle climate change.

We know that schools, teachers and students are already doing great things to meet the challenge of climate change and play their part in creating a sustainable future. During COP26 and beyond, we will share examples of green success stories from teachers and students to find inspiration and ideas.

In the meantime, if you are looking for campaigns and activities to engage students of all ages with climate change and the conference, here are some support resources:

At COP26 the DfE will host a series of events to discuss climate change and sustainability in education. If you are not attending the conference, be sure to register at: The YouTube channel DfE And The COP26 official YouTube channel to broadcast events in live streaming or watch on demand.

Generation Zero class events

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Teach the teacher lesson | November 4th | 13: 00-14: 30

Students from the Teach the Teacher campaign will deliver a lesson to help improve both teachers ‘and students’ understanding of climate change and climate justice and show how this could be brought into learning across different subject areas.

Too Wet or Too Dry: Adapting Schools to Water Risks and Future Climate | November 8 | 13: 30-14: 00 | 14: 15-14: 30

How can your school withstand the impacts of flooding now and in the future? Could your school save water, money and help the environment? The DfE water strategy team will address these and other questions in two sessions for school decision makers (13: 30-14: 00) and teachers and students (14: 15-14: 30).

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Lesson on climate solutions

University of Edinburgh Professor Dave Reay will deliver a lecture on “Climate Solutions” exploring ways we can all address climate change from what we do at home to our schools, work, shops and governments.

Green skills and careers

This exclusive session will focus on “Green Skills and Careers”, including a variety of presentations from industry experts such as Microsoft and Centrica, as well as various post-16 skills programs in support of the green career paths offered by the DfE.

COP26 Official Events

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DfE launches initiatives on biodiversity and nature | November 5th | 14: 30-15: 30

We will launch two new initiatives from the UK Pavilion at the official COP26 venue. Tune in to the COP26 broadcast to watch.

Summit of Education and Climate Ministers | November 5th | 16: 00-17: 30

This event will bring together education and climate ministers from around the world to discuss how education can help everyone tackle climate change. The UK has called on countries to commit to doing more to ensure young people are educated about climate change and prepared with the right skills for a green economy. Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi will showcase the UK’s Sustainability and Climate Change Education Strategy.

Green Career Paths | November 7 | 9: 30-10: 30

The DfE, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, is discussing how higher and higher education providers can establish pathways to prepare young people for a green career. Minister Donelan will deliver a keynote address outlining the UK government’s plans.

So do you want a green career? | November 7 | 15: 30-17: 30

We are working with One Young World and Prince’s Trust to share the stories of several green entrepreneurs and discuss the best path to a green career. This event will also include a mini career fair in the Green Zone at COP26.

Visit the Together for our planet website to get involved and inspired.

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