Youth Climate Summit offers 150 online school sessions

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A range of primary school sessions covering everything from pollution and oceans to farming and fashion are taking place as part of the Youth Climate Summit 2020.

The event is being co-ordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan and takes place from Monday to Friday, November 9 to 13.

The summit is taking place entirely online via the charity’s Transform Our World teacher resource hub.

Schools will be making pledges every day throughout the summit, with one of the main calls to action for schools being to join the Let’s Go Zero campaign, which unites schools working to become zero carbon by 2030 and calls for government backing for this agenda.

Let’s Go Zero is organised by Ashden, a climate charity which has long worked with schools to help them lower their energy use and cut carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, during the summit week, primary and secondary schools can choose from more than 150 free online sessions, as well as inspiration sessions, at-home activities and evening film viewings. The primary school programme can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking the download button on this page. Primary sessions include:

  • School grounds in a changing climate.
  • Why is there no waste in nature?
  • How to make your school road a safe space
  • Who makes your food and where does it come from?
  • Who makes our clothes and where do they come from?
  • Practical ideas on how to reduce waste.

Sonja Graham, co-CEO from Global Action Plan, said: “Global Action Plan has worked closely with a team of dedicated teachers to coordinate the Youth Climate Summit, and the result is staggering – 150 online events across five days, with a team of youth ambassadors spreading the word. We are proud to host this event on our Transform Our World teacher hub and are looking forward to an inspiring week of pledges for the planet.”

Erko Sakhiyeva, one of the Youth Climate Summit’s youth ambassadors, added: “Schools' primary goal is to educate a generation of future leaders and doers, global citizens – so it’s vital to make sure that pupils have the resources, knowledge and experience to take action and create a better, more sustainable and inclusive world. Participating in the Youth Climate Summit is a substantial step in this direction.”

Global Action Plan is a charity that helps people live more sustainable lives.

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