The Climate Voices programme 2015-18 directly engaged 1,000 students from 40 secondary schools in Bristol, London, Gloucestershire, Reading, Solihull and South Gloucestershire in high-level debate and impacted many more through local climate action in school.
The Climate Voices programme 2015-18 directly engaged 1,000 students from 40 secondary schools in Bristol, London, Gloucestershire, Reading, Solihull and South Gloucestershire in high-level debate and impacted many more through local climate action in school. Climate Voices will build on this through work in new areas and with new partners.
In our 2018 Climate Conference series:
- 98% students we surveyed found participating in Climate Conferences useful, with high ratings for development of research & analysis skills, team-working, debating and presenting information.
- 94% went on to say they would like to see more action on climate change locally.
- 100% teachers said they wanted their students to take part again.
Climate Change “is impacting us on a global scale and we must act upon it before it’s ‘too late’.”
Student, 2018 Conference
“I as an individual can contribute a lot to a much wider global issue”.
Student, 2018 Conference
This Conference “effectively covers [global] development issues, climate change (KS4), weather and climate…. to a greater depth and in a more engaging way than it would be possible to do in school over several lessons.”
Teacher, 2017 Conference
“These events are critical in providing our young people with context, the priorities and how they are being addressed.”
School Global Learning Director, 2018 National Summit
‘I was particularly impressed with the school energy audit that 40 students had put together. This is helping change behaviours in the school.’
Chair of Reading Climate Change Partnership, 2018 National Summit
“Think about how you can use less energy, from riding a bike to school, to using less water in your kettle, to insulating your home. Ask your school how much energy they are using and look at how to cut this down”.
Sir Edward Davey MP, 2018 National Summit
Always think about tangibility – ‘How would I explain this to my mum?’
Mary Creagh MP, 2018 National Summit
Examples of Action
A group of Badminton School’s 6th formers heard a report back from fellow students who took part in a Bristol Climate Conference and were inspired to action. They pledged to decrease plastic pollution and food waste and engaged support across the school, from the junior school “Eco warriors” through to the Senior School. They interviewed the school’s Operations Manager and met with Senior Staff.
Their marketing strategy really worked: the team set up an Instagram account (over 230 followers in school!), made inspiring media available, put up posters, and led an assembly. The school has agreed to an Environment and Resources Officer, and the group have established an Environmental Committee for even more action.
Chosen Hill School’s Year 7 and 8 Student Green Group in Cheltenham, with support of a Staff Green Team, have worked hard to change attitudes starting with single-use plastic and waste. They liaised with their school’s waste management and catering companies to identify possible actions.
Textiles students transformed concerns surrounding ‘single use plastics’ into a unique dress complete with plastic dust-sheet leaves. They succeeded in capturing their fellow students’ imaginations,
helping to motivate others into action.
After participating in ICN’s Summit in London, Gumley House School’s eco-group became even more focused on turning ideas to action. This included conservation work and a successful recycling scheme which reduced waste enormously. They sourced reusable water bottles for the school and by making single-use bottles more expensive there was also a market incentive for pupils to buy re-usables. Their ‘logo competition’ was a great way to engage other pupils. The winning logo will be on the bottles and provide an identity for the school’s initiatives.
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