COP26 Resources

Leaders from around the globe will come together for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow (31 Oct – 12 Nov), to discuss solutions to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet.

To help schools across the county to get involved and join a unique moment, we’ve collated a range of resources and live events to support your lessons on climate change.

Taking To The Skies For Climate Change | Climate Games

How much of the world’s energy comes from sustainable sources? Danny MacAskill is given free reign at a renewable energy factory to show you exactly how much in the best way he can - with some epic tricks on his bike!

 

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The Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature

🌎 World's Largest Lesson are partnering with the wonderful AimHi Earth and YOUTHTOPIA Changemakers from around the world, to create a special 1 hour live, interactive learning experience.

💡 The Great Big Lesson turns learning into action by equipping students not only with the knowledge but the ability to communicate about and act upon the climate and nature crisis.

🐢 It will empower people to put nature first, be Nature Positive and always ask the question “Yes, but what’s the impact on nature?”

💻 The lesson is completely free and requires no planning. It’ll be available to watch online afterwards if you can’t make it live.

📖 After the live lesson, you’ll also be sent a resources pack to use with your class to explore the topics covered in more detail.

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Workshops with Arup

As part of COP26’s mission to tackle climate change following the UN’s sustainable development goals, Arup will be delivering climate change themed virtual workshops to schools (primary and secondary) from the 1st-12th November. These workshops will give students an overview of why COP26 is happening and an understanding into the causes, impacts and solutions for climate change.

The workshops will involve:

  1. A short presentation to the students about COP26 and Arup’s involvement
  2. Time for the students to play a themed COP26 board game (resources will be sent to be printed by the school)
  3. Opportunity for the students to create a poster to showcase what they’ve learned (either during or after the session)

We are looking for schools who are interested in a 1–2-hour session. We have morning and afternoon slots and would ask that if your school is interested, to let us know via email with your preferred date and time and we will reply with an appropriate slot.

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Together for our planet: Schools Pack

This pack of resources has been created to teach pupils of all ages about climate change and how you can get your whole school climate ready.

Our Climate, Our Future: Classroom Pack

The WWF has created COP26 resources for pupils ages 7-16 to help introduce and reinforce the significance of climate change and the role of schools in shaping the future.

Let's Go Zero

Is your school fighting climate change? Join the Let’s Go Zero movement to help schools reduce their emissions.

UNESCO: Learn for our planet

Earlier this year, UNSECO launched a campaign, calling on the world to invest in education for sustainable development and ensure that it is embedded in learning systems globally. What does #LearnForOurPlanet mean to you and your pupils?

Generation Zero classroom events

  • Teach the Teacher Lesson | 4th November | 12:00-13:00
  • Climate Solutions Lecture | 4th November | 15.00-16.00
  • Green Skills and Careers | 8th November | 10:00-11:30
  • Adapting schools to water risks and a future climate | 8th November | 13:30-14:30

Subscribe to the DfE YouTube channel to watch from your classroom.

Official COP26 events that DfE are hosting

  • DfE will launch biodiversity and nature initiatives | 5th November | 16:00-17:30
  • Education and Climate Ministers Summit | 5th November | 16:00-17:30
  • Green career pathways | 7th November | 9:30-10:30
  • So you want a green career? | 7th November | 15:30-17:30

Subscribe to the official COP26 YouTube channel to watch live events at the COP26 venue.

Children's Climate Press Conference

In late October the Prime Minister and CEO at WWF UK, Tanya Steele, held a special press conference on climate change. They heard what children from across the United Kingdom had to say about the future of our planet.

Meet the 26 inspirational #OneStepGreener Ambassadors

Find our about the One Step Greener Ambassadors who are extraordinary, everyday people from across the UK who are going above and beyond for the climate.

Several of the ambassadors are children or young people, representing a range of relatable stories that can help inspire your pupils to follow in their footsteps. Notable ambassadors include a 17-year-old climate activist, 8-year-old triplets who were named as Nottingham's first children ‘Clean Champions’ and a student who has inspired thousands of Young Tree Champions in schools across the UK.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will return for its ninth year, from 8 to 12 November 2021. Taking inspiration from COP26, #TEWeek21 will look at how engineers and engineering can contribute to tackling climate change and achieving net zero. Schools and colleges can visit the website to see information on this year’s campaign as it goes live as well as toolkits, lesson plans, case studies and access to archive content, including the Big Quiz and Big Assembly.

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