It is more important than ever to put all our voices behind more ambitious climate action.

Even if it doesn’t feel like a lot, the most important thing we can each do is to speak with others about the Climate Emergency. Here are useful resources for you to find out more, debate vital questions and have a say in what needs to change in your school and local community.

You can also see some great initiatives taken by young people in their areas using the links below. If you are interested in writing about Climate Change for our website please do get in touch using the ‘Climate Correspondent’ link at the bottom of the page.

Hold a COP26 Climate Conference in your classroom

197 nations of the United Nations (UN) were due to meet in Glasgow 2020 to show their progress and ambition to do more on Climate Change (see 2015 Paris Agreement in our resources). Instead, these decision-makers will come to Glasgow in November 2021 for COP26 * and the pressure will be on.

Many countries are now even more vulnerable to Climate Change. Others want recovery after COVID-19 to cause as little damage to the environment as possible. Some just want to get their economies moving as quickly as possible, whatever the impact on nature.

Our new COP26 resource has everything you need for your school’s own UN style climate negotiations so you can:

  • Research countries
  • Represent viewpoints
  • Collaborate for more ambitious Climate Action.

Get in touch below if your school is interested in using this new resource.

* United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP)

Have your say on Climate Action in school

ICN has been working during lock-down with university students studying Applied Sociology at the University of Gloucestershire to produce a survey that students can use in school to find out:

  • What your fellow students from Year 7 to Year 13 think about Climate Change
  • How different viewpoints do (or don’t!) motivate climate action
  • Which actions in your own school will have the biggest impact in this Climate Emergency.

If you work in our current areas sign up below to use the survey in your school. It’s a great way for students to have a say and to inform your next climate actions.

At the heart of the survey are questions about what will motivate students to undertake climate action.  Five different approaches to motivating action have been identified and you can read about the research behind these approaches here. By running the survey you will investigate which are most likely to help bring about changes in your school.

Huge thanks go to students from 9 secondary schools across the country who gave their thoughtful feedback to help shape this online survey and their ideas for how to use it in school. 164 students filled in the test survey and gave some great insight such as comparing our responses to the Climate Emergency with responses to COVID-19 (see Stories).   

Special thanks to two of the students for these terrific logos: Chosen Hill School, Gloucestershire (above) and Isleworth & Syon School, Hounslow (below). 

Get involved with local decisions

Follow these links for inspiration about ways you can have a say, whether that’s taking part in local consultations or putting your questions to decision-makers:

Helping you have a say on Climate Change:

New survey for you to use in school

Our new Climate Action Survey is designed to be used by students to help inform climate action in your school. If you are based in one of our current areas of work*, use the Sign Up button below to put the survey to the test.

* Bristol, Gloucestershire, Hounslow, Merseyside, Reading, Solihull

Run a UN Conference in school

Help pilot our new COP26 Climate Conference resource this Autumn term and run your own high quality UN-Style summit in school. Your feedback will make it ready to roll in 2021! If your school is in one of the areas where ICN works (see just above) please get in touch.

Become a Climate Correspondent

This is a fantastic opportunity for your voice to reach a wider audience. If you are between 13 and 18, apply here to become a Climate Correspondent and share action you are taking in your school and wider community.

As a teenager my views are not always considered. I want to help in every way possible.

Hounslow student, 2019 Conference