A Fair COP

A FAIR COP: from Climate Crisis to Climate Justice

As world leaders prepare to gather for crucial COP26 climate talks, DDE is organising five sessions exploring the global dimensions to the Climate Emergency, eachhighlighting positive stories from around the world, inspiring us all to action.

Monday 20th September 6-9pm Great Big Green Week event. Workshop-type activities to help us understand the climate crisis situation and get to grips with the technical terminology, followed by more formal presentations by local experts, plus Q&A.

Monday 4th October, 6-7.30pm Climate Change and trade – the impact on farmers in developing countries 1st October is World Coffee Day. How is climate change affecting coffee production and other tropical crops we take for granted? Is Fairtrade a positive way to cope?

Monday 18th October, 6-7.30pm Climate Change and Food Security. Marking World Food Day (16th October), how are disrupted weather patterns affecting food security?

Monday 1st November, 6-7.30pm Youth Voices: the call for a Global Green Deal. On Friday 5th November, COP26 will discuss Youth issues. We will invite young people to explain their concerns and their demand for a Global Green Deal - including voices from the Global South.

Monday 15th November, 6-7.30pm A FAIR COP? As COP26 ends, we will reflect on the outcomes, with a panel of experts and concerned citizens. What has been achieved? Will words turn into actions? How much safer are we, and the planet, now, than before COP26 began?

We plan for all five sessions to be held, live, in Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG, but there will also be a Zoom option for each.

Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-fair-cop-tickets-167852187411

All events are free, but donations are welcome! Each session will include suggested actions as well as the positive stories.

Climate Crisis Teachers workshop on 23 Sept 2021 for web

How do we teach children and young people about the Climate Crisis and COP26 in a responsible way?

FREE Teachers’ Workshop, for Teachers and TAs of all Key Stages.

Thursday 23rd September, 4:00pm to 5.30pm on Zoom with Michila Critchley from InterClimate Network

Climate disasters are being reported every day, from all parts of the world. The UN COP26 international meeting takes place in Glasgow in November. How do we, as educators, take this opportunity to help children and young people understand what is happening and explore what positive actions we can all take?

As part of the Great Big Green Week (http://greatbiggreenweek.com/) this workshop will discuss these issues.

• We will help you navigate the very large number of climate teaching resources available.

• Make climate connections to networks you are already engaged in, eg. Fairtrade, P4C, Eco-schools, Oxfam.

• Consider how to make a positive climate-response to the 4 Cs: Campus, Curriculum, Community and Culture.

• Share and co-create local opportunities to tackle this crisis.

Join us on Zoom. To register, email us at dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk

On 9th August the IPCC released their 6th report on climate change which states even more conclusively than before that human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways. In response, the UN has declared a ‘code red for humanity.’ You will probably have seen the news stories of increasing floods, wildfires, and other climate disasters around the world. You might also have witnessed how climate anxiety is affecting our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

This November, the United Nations will come together at the 26th Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, where there will be massive pressure for greater climate ambition - not just from governments, but from individuals and institutions, including schools.

This is key because:
● Young people rely on schools as trusted sources of information on climate change, and crucially, to provide role models through individual teachers and school leaders.
● Schools as institutions will be under increasing pressure to mitigate emissions, starting with the Streamline Energy and Carbon Reporting now being required of Academy Trusts.

But we know it’s not easy. Schools are under huge pressure, especially after the huge disruptions of COVID-19, and many educators feel overwhelmed, unsure about where to begin, and dubious that their actions will even make a difference.

CODEC latest Newsletter provides details of resources and training opportunities to support Teachers.