Students stage own climate summit but can't agree on solutions (ringing bells?)

Torbay Weekly

Torquay's St Cuthbert Mayne School held its own COP26 Summit.

Pupils did their own debating as world leaders in Glasgow were finishing their deliberations.

The school said: "The United Nations have been attempting to reach a global agreement for three decades so it was ambitious to reach consensus for our 50 delegates within the time frame!"

Pupils from each form group adopted a country to research and then a form representative was dispatched to a summit where all nations discussed their Climate Change intentions. They wore their country's lanyards with great dignity.

A-level Geography students hosted the event and shared their understanding of the environmental damage caused by climate change and also the human and economic costs that developing and wealthier nations need to reconcile.

Delegates shared the problems that climate change presented for their citizens and presented a statement of actions that would make a difference to their lives.

All actions were read by the attendees at the conference and a vote was taken at the end of a week of activities. The vote demonstrated the challenge that is faced by global leaders as a unanimous decision was not reached, despite the overwhelming sense that now is the time to act. Nevertheless, all of the students representing the nations were challenged to speak up for others whose voices were often not heard.

Pupils learnt in a very hands-on way how the decisions we make every day can affect the quality of our lives in the not-too-distant future and, more immediately, the lives of people on the other side of the globe today.

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