9-13th November should have seen world leaders coming together to act on the climate crisis at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow.
Instead, thousands of students from around the UK united online for the Youth Climate Summit, a week of climate learning, discovery and action. The Summit culminated in 5 ‘ Youth Climate Calls’ which Youth Ambassadors will take forward to businesses and government.
From seashore safaris, to eco raves, to Green Operas, the Youth Climate Summit saw young people coming together for 163 free online sessions from 90 supporting organisations including WWF, Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, Oxford University, Imperial College, Tesco and Lego. This took place over five themed days virtually hosted by primary and secondary school students from around the UK.
The Summit took place online on the Transform Our World teacher resource hub, coordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan. The Youth Climate Summit aimed to empower teachers to respond to youth anxiety about the climate crisis and turn student concern and passion into positive action.
The Let’s Go Zero campaign launched during the Youth Climate Summit, was a call to action throughout the week for schools to pledge their commitment to be zero carbon by 2030.
The week ended with Youth Ambassadors discussing the Climate Calls with an expert panel of environmentalists, and an audience vote to decide which calls the Youth Ambassadors will be taking forward to businesses and government, asking them to act and respond to what young people have decided is important.
Schools can still watch the Youth Climate Summit by signing up for free at https://www.transform-our-world.org/events/youth-climate-summit-2020