ECO2 Smart Schools Climate Conference

ECO2 Climate Conference

In November 2021, the UK hosted COP26 in Glasgow. COP26 was the the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference with 197 countries involved.

Ahead of COP26, over 4000 pupils from 130 schools in 13 countries took part in the ECO2 Smart Schools Climate Conference to learn about COP and how other schools from around the world are experiencing and adapting to climate change. All participating schools were provided with an education pack, available to view and download below in English, German, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi and French. Each lesson includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint, supporting resources and links to short films created by Durham University Professors.

Students taking part in the ECO2 Smart Schools Climate Conference had the exciting opportunity to enter the ECO2 Climate Conference Photography Competition. They could submit a photograph showing either:

  • An image of concern – that depicted their thoughts and feelings about climate change.
  • An image of hope – that demonstrated the actions that they/their school or their family is taking to combat climate change.

To view the winning photographs, along with a selection of the other fantastic entries, please click here.

Virtual Climate Conference Events

After completing the education pack, in October 2021 participating schools represented their country at one of the ECO2 Climate Conference Virtual Events. During the events, the young people were challenged to think about the issue of climate change and explore each other’s experiences of it. They had the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of Durham University and Durham County Council climate change experts, create a pledge of climate change action and share their thoughts and feelings about climate change in a live poll. A recording of both events and a short overview video can be viewed on the OASES YouTube channel and you can view the expert panel questions and answers here.

A legacy booklet has been created to provide a platform for the voices of the young people who took part in the ECO2 Climate Conference. The booklet contains the young people’s thoughts and feelings about climate change, how they are experiencing it and their requests for governments, local authorities and schools. It also contains a message of hope, showcasing the fantastic work that schools around the world are doing to take action against climate change. The legacy booklet is available to view and download below.

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