In November, Glasgow hosted the COP26 summit, an important event where world leaders united to agree on a plan for tackling climate change. We were thrilled to be invited by the London Borough of Hounslow to a summit of our own, organised in association with the InterClimate Network. The event took place virtually on Friday 12 November and involved lots of local schools.
Mr Jones led the day and selected eight Year 9 students to attend the three-hour conference. The boys represented Ethiopia throughout the mock debate, showing a keen interest and great knowledge of the key issues. One particular highlight was the boys pledging to reduce Ethiopian emissions by 70% and requesting climate adaptation support from developed economies. It was great to see the boys getting involved in both the debate and the Q&A session with local councillors that took place afterwards. In particular, they showed great willingness to work as a team to present solutions to these issues – a great template for our politicians!
One of the delegates, Finn Donovan, said afterwards: “The conference was an excellent way for us to use our knowledge on climate change and geography along with debating skills to compete against other schools. After the conference, we got to speak to multiple figures in the Hounslow council and question them on how our area is trying to tackle the changing climate. It was a fun way to broaden our knowledge on climate change and represent the school.”
Well done to the students who took part: Shahjahan Akbar (9Sn), Finn Donovan (9Bl), Parmvir Gill (9Bl), Siwon Gurung (9Tu), Ashan Khehra (9Sn), Salif Lakhanpar (9Bl), Kai Mahoon (9Bl) and Harpreet Malhotra (9Bl).