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Hounslow Schools Climate Conference

December 11, 2023

11 December 11:00-12:30

 

 

InterClimate Network (ICN) is delighted to host for a Climate Conference for Hounslow schools supported by London Borough of Hounslow on Monday 11 December. The conference will be opened by Councillor Katherine Dunne, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio holder for Climate, Environment and Transport and we’re looking forward to a lively and informative morning.

 

This will be the third time we have worked with LBH to bring students closer to critical global negotiations at the United Nations (UN), and to decision-makers in Hounslow. The conference provides a multi-dimensional learning opportunity for students to:

  • Engage in UN-style negotiations on global progress since the Paris Agreement
  • Experience decision-making and hear from their local decision-makers
  • Investigate a range of ideas to inspire their own climate action.

 

More than 60 pupils from 8 local secondary schools and colleges will be participating, with an age range from 13 years up to Sixth Form.

Participating schools & colleges:

  • Bolder Academy
  • Chiswick School
  • Gumley House School FCJ
  • Kingsley Academy
  • Springwest Academy
  • The Green School for Girls
  • The Green School for Boys
  • West Thames College

 

Part 1: Global Negotiations

In preparation, students will be allocated countries using our COP28 Climate Resource. Their team task in advance is to research a short opening statement to present on the day. At the conference, they will debate progress towards pledged carbon reduction targets made in Paris before trying to agree more ambitious climate action by 2030. Methodologies facilitate many key life-skills from team work and public-speaking to collaboration and joint decision-making.

 

Part 2: Climate Action

The focus in the second part of the conference then turns to our own national and local climate action. Students will meet London Borough of Hounslow’s Eco-Schools team and other local experts in key areas of climate action, from biodiversity and energy to transport and waste. Participants can discuss what is happening locally to address carbon reduction and share ideas.

The overall aim is for students investigate what can help their own planning by finding out:

  • what is working well locally
  • who and what can help with their own ideas for action in school
  • ways that they can influence change

 

Students will be asked to consider their top priority for action for their own school and feed back to plenary at the end.

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Date:
December 11, 2023