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Help your pupils drive climate action in Wales and around the world

In November, world leaders will gather at the UN Climate Summit (COP26) in the UK to decide the next steps in humanity’s bid to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Climate Cymru will take voices from Wales to COP26 and in a constructive way make sure they are heard by the people in power. We’ll showcase Climate Cymru schools and pupil voices on the Climate Cymru website, at COP26 and in our conversations with Welsh and UK governments.

This is an opportunity for your pupils to tell our leaders what climate action they want to see and to engage meaningfully with the democratic process.

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Pupils from Years 3 and 4 at Llandogo Primary School in Monmouth have designed postcards telling leaders in Wales what they want from a future Wales. The colourful postcards are full of great ideas about reducing Wales’ carbon footprint, protecting our habits and making it easier for people to make environmentally-friendly choices.

Some of their ideas include:

  • using renewable energy like wind power and solar panels
  • planting more trees
  • cheaper public transport
  • no cars Monday
  • banning plastic
  • more green roofs
  • protecting sea grass

To mark Earth Day, Camarthenshire County Council held its first ever Children’s Climate Conference involving 40 pupils from 14 primary schools.

Each school researched the impact of climate change on a given country and prepared a special news bulletin to share on the day.

“This conference really made us think and realise we all have a part to play in tackling climate change” said pupils from Stebonheath Primary School.

The virtual event was held in partnership with Carmarthen Town Council, Dolen Cymru Lesotho, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Size of Wales, and Keep Wales Tidy, It featured a quiz, a case study from Ysgol Pum Heol, a chance to share experiences and pick up new ideas.

The Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales ran an online campaign to make climate action more accessible to young people. Through a series of social media posts, the Ambassadors shared simple tips to live more sustainably.

The Youth Climate Ambassadors are a group of young people from across Wales who are passionate about climate change. They became Ambassadors following involvement through their schools in MockCOPs (model United Nations Climate Change conferences).

They are supported by Size of Wales and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), and funded by the Scottish Power Foundation, with the aims and actions led by the Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales.

In April, more than 2,000 pupils from 50 primary schools took part in Keep Wales Tidy’s biggest ever virtual event.

Eco-Schools from across Wales joined a series of online climate change workshops and challenges. Each day, pupils learned about different aspects of the global climate emergency, including the importance of protecting forests and the rise of fast fashion.

The message from all schools was clear – we must act now to protect our environment for the future. Isaac, a Year 4 pupil from Crickhowell Community Primary School said:

“All the environmental change is terrible but together, if we work hard, we can stop it.”

During Great Big Green Week, 1100 pupils at  Ysgol Dinas Brân toschool participated in  series of events in preparation for COP26.

The school has made many changes to increase their sustainability, some simple and straightforward and others very big!

Activities took place place in the classroom, others outside and they welcomed guest speakers including Llyr Gruffydd MS (Plaid Cymru) North Wales Region and Chair of the Climate Change, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee, Ken Skates MS (Labour) Clwyd South Constituency and  Simon Baynes MP (Conservative) Clwyd South Constituency.

All three were impressed by the work of students and of the school in working to reduce their carbon footprint and to encourage others to take action on climate change.

Pupils are working on individual and collective pledges to take action and work undertaken by the pupils will be displayed in the school and hopefully shared far and wide!

Years 1 and 2 at Ysgol y Felin want to ask our leaders to help us fight Climate Change because they love so many things about our planet! You can see their little video in this tweet.  

 

As part of COP26 preparations, Westwood Primary had a visit from Size of Wales, where children in Year 6 made their climate pledges.

Pupils and staff reflected on Climate Change and pledged to take actions in advance of COP26 Children also had an excellent lesson, learning to sketch Tim Tom from the book Tim Tom and the Rainforest.

Find out more about what they got up to here.

St Mary’s Primary School have been working hard on their COP26 preparations and are aware of the importance of the confernece. Children throughout the school have continued to make their voices heard in videos for a TEDxGwE event and also Years 5/6  who have taken part in Climate Change workshops with Size of Wales. In October, all children will discuss our impact on the planet and discuss how we can help.

Is your school taking action for the climate? Get involved

School children across Wales are taking climate action. This is your opportunity to tell our leaders what climate change means for your school, and what action you need from them to be part of the solution.

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