The conference setting and input by Council leaders, the mayor and keynote speakers combine to create a formal stage for the UN-style global negotiations.

This part of the event is closely structured to give ‘real-time’ experience in presentation, team-work, leadership and collaboration and to bring out the very best in the students. From their opening statements through debated questions to informal deal making on cross-cutting themes (cities, oceans, forests), all participants quickly gain confidence to speak in plenary, respond to others’ challenges and work together to make further progress towards more ambitious global targets.

Teacher feedback

  • ‘Very impressed by the organisation of the event, especially the opportunity it provides to certain individual students to experience such a conference, in reference to accessibility and inclusivity.’
  • ‘Students developed ability to speak concisely and use statistics as evidence for the points they were making; confidence in speaking; benefit of seeing relevance of geography in the world.’

Student feedback

  • Climate change is a much more serious problem than I thought
  • There are points of no return so we must act quickly
  • I want to spread the information I learned today, so that the Earth doesn’t become uninhabitable.

Benefits

Students learn about the lived experience of climate change around the world and global responses, and have to think critically about issues of international development and climate justice. Their teachers also point to the great benefits for their students’ teamwork, communication skills, presentation, research, and generally coming out of their comfort zones. ‘The students will have gained SO MANY soft skills they won’t even be aware of!’

Teachers receive very accessible curriculum information about climate change and a full and dynamic experience that engages their students, and often reaches beyond to other students and parents as they share their experience. The team provides prompt communications and tailored support and will work hard to help overcome any hurdles to students’ participation.