The Schools' Climate Action group aims to raise awareness of the detrimental impacts of Climate Change and urge schools all around the country to pledge to join us in becoming Carbon Net Zero by 2040. We understand this is a huge challenge and by providing schools with a ‘tool kit’ means we are one step closer to achieving this target. This student-led movement has been started by young people who are passionate about the health of the environment, and we encourage you to join us and act as an ambassador on behalf of your school and to help it make changes that will reduce its carbon footprint. The future of our world is in the hands of the young and helping schools adapt is the beginning of a greener more sustainable planet.
To launch this movement, there will be a national assembly for students held at Stowe School on Friday 15 October 2021. The Schools' Climate Action event is free for 15-18 year olds (and their teachers). Teachers can book places for their school using our booking form. We hope you will join us!
10:00-10:30 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Opening speeches about the global picture of climate change today by John Sauven (Director of Greenpeace UK), Mikaela Loach and Noga Levy Rapoport.
10:30-12:00 MOCK COP 26
World Climate Simulation - an in-person role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations. Through the simulation, participants work on groups to explore the necessary speed and level of action that nations must take to address global climate change. At the heart of the experience is an interactive computer model which is used to rapidly analyse the results of the game play.
12:05-12:20 NEIL AGIUS
Students will hear Neil Agius talk about his cross mediterrean swim to raise awareness of ocean plastics. We are delighted that during the day we will also be showing a film about his challenge on screens around the event.
12:20-13:30 CREATING A ZERO-WASTE LUNCH WITH MAX LA MANNA
Interactive food waste activity run by celebrity chef, Max La Manna. Attendees will work along Max, a Zero waste chef and host on BBC Earth food shows, students will make their own lunch.
13:30-14:00 'MY CARBON CALCULATOR'
A self-guided session using the new interactive digital tool, "My 2050 Carbon Calculator", run by the Royal Geographical Society, to understand how the UK can achieve its target of Carbon Net Zero by 2050.
14:00-14:30 VIRTUAL REALITY CLIMATE
Students will have the opportunity to use Virtual Reality headsets to help visualise some of the impacts of climate change around the world.
14:30-15:20 'WHAT DOES CARBON NET ZERO LOOK LIKE FOR US?'
Workshop around the theme "What does Carbon Net Zero look like for us? - How can I/my school achieve this?"
15:30-16:30 INTERVIEW WITH MICHAELA STRACHAN
Stowe’s Head, Dr Anthony Wallersteiner will interview TV presenter Michaela Strachan about her career and her thoughts about the impact of the climate crisis on the natural world.
16:30-17:30 CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION
Featuring John Sauven (Greenpeace) and Sir Ed Davey MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats).
Attendance at the evening events is optional - all attendees are welcome to stay to enjoy the concert.
17:45-18:45 THE 2021 CLIMATE CHANGE CONCERT
Food trucks will be available for attendees to purchase dinner (Carbon Net Zero companies, sustainably sourced food that's vegetarian or vegan), and the audience will enjoy live music to mark the end of the event.