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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.”

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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