Working with InterClimate Network to inspire climate action in schools

Against the backdrop of today’s Global Day of climate action – and stark climate headlines over the Summer – at Just Ideas we look forward to supporting this Autumn’s Model Climate Conferences with InterClimate Network (ICN), which will run in Reading, Cheltenham, Bristol, Solihull and London.

This Summer InterClimate Network have re-vamped their website to include news stories – written by students and ICN advisors – and case studies showcasing action in schools. The desire to do something and to mark the first year of the climate strikes has come to the fore in this run up to crucial global climate gatherings:

An IPSOS Mori poll last month showed that 85% of British adults are concerned about global warming. The majority of Britons also believe the UK should bring all emissions to net zero more quickly than by the 2050 target announced by the Government.

This month also marks the first anniversary of the Schools’ Climate strikes – a year to the day that Greta Thunberg first refused to go to school and chose to sit instead outside the parliament in Sweden. Travelling by solar-powered yacht, Thunberg successfully crossed the Atlantic this Summer in order to appear at two crucial global gatherings: the Climate Action Summit in New York on 21-23 September and the UN climate conference – COP 25 in Santiago in early December.

We are currently working to recruit schools and speakers in preparation for the next series of schools’ Model Climate Conferences. Timed to coincide with COP 25, students from across five areas of England will debate global progress in country teams. They will also meet local experts who will inspire, encourage and support them to take constructive climate action forward.