The time to act on the Climate Emergency is right here and now. ICN helps school students to make a positive difference through their climate actions in school and by having a say in their own sustainable futures.

2020 was to have been a huge year for Climate Action.  All 197 countries that signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 were due to meet in Glasgow in November to report to the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) about their progress towards targets for action to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. COP26 did not escape being impacted by coronavirus, however, and the decision was taken to reschedule for 1-12 November 2021.

The Climate Emergency has not gone away just because we have been in lock-down. The enforced time-out because of coronavirus has made us realise how we can change what we do, even very radically, when we have to. There are also many calls for us to re-boot society in ways that don’t send us back to our old carbon-belching habits but make sense for the environment as well as the economy.

Young people in the UK and around the world until very recently have been doing everything from leading climate initiatives and campaigns to making films and using art and poetry to raise awareness and encourage change in their schools and communities.  As we re-focus on the Climate Emergency and the build up to COP26 in 2021, this energy will be more important than ever.

These next pages provide:

  • Practical tools to be confident about taking action that makes a difference in school.
  • Guidance and opportunities for having a say on the Climate Emergency with decision-makers in schools and beyond.

“I want to make a difference by getting climate change recognised.”

Gloucestershire student