This Bristol event is set to bring climate issues to life for local young people through a mix of UN-style global negotiations and interaction with local decision makers.
The time to act on the climate emergency is right here and now. InterClimate Network is delighted to join again (see our 2019 event) with Bristol City Council Youth Participation and also Bristol Education Partnership to offer a secondary school event to bring the critical COP26 debate to life. Bristol Schools Climate Conference will be held on-line during the morning of 5 November 2021, timed with Youth and Public Empowerment Day at the actual COP26 in Glasgow.
Global negotiations Each school can put forward one team of students to represent one country. In preparation, there is a country briefing and COP26 Overview briefing (see Student Pack here) to guide a task to write a short opening speech. Students will debate progress towards the Paris Agreement and negotiate raising ambition for more action, as though they were at the United Nations itself.
Local action This part of the conference brings the issues close to home so that young people can have a say about climate action in their area. In a ‘Climate Question Time’, local decision-makers will make short contributions and young people will be invited to put forward their questions and views to the panel. The session will end with pledges for actions, including ways to make the most difference in school.