Former student Bek takes her place among world leaders

Head shot of former university student

Bek Trehern - Credit: Submitted

A former Devon university student found herself mixing with the world's leaders at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Bek Trehern led a UK-wide virtual debate to give young environmentalists the opportunity to discuss the big issues cropping up at the conference.

She graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree and masters in Zoology. She was based at the university’s Cornwall campus and she still lives in the area and works for leading UK outdoor education charity the Field Studies Council, which operates FSC Slapton Ley in South Devon.

Bek, 27, hosted the Youth Debate on Wednesday on behalf of the FSC.
The event attracted a wide audience of young environmentalists from across the UK, who were given the opportunity to share their own ideas and thoughts on how world nations are tackling the climate change crisis.
Bek now works with FSC as an engagement and training assistant and since joining has been instrumental in the development of the charity’s eco-skills courses that run online and across the UK to encourage hobbyists and young people looking to take their first steps into an environmental career.
She said: “Education has a significant role to play in the future fight against climate change and many of the young people taking part in this debate are already developing the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the challenges we face.
“By sharing ideas and knowledge, we as a council, can encourage greater engagement in nature and the environment and help shape and influence environmental actions at a grass roots level.”
The FSC operates a network of field study centres across England, Wales and Scotland including FSC Slapton Ley which is located in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,.

It aims to educate people of all ages from primary school upwards about the environment, how to connect with it, protect it and understand it.