English and Dutch school students link up for Climate Week
On 22 March, to celebrate Climate Week, students from the UK and The Netherlands will conduct a mock climate summit over the internet. Their goal: to agree a target for reducing carbon emissions.
Using the power of Skype, Wymondham College school in Norfolk and a school in The Hague are each taking on the role of two countries. The English school is representing the USA and Senegal, the Dutch school is representing India and Kenya.
They have been preparing with resources from Make the Link – Climate exChange, which enables dialogue on climate issues between young people in Europe and Africa.
Each school will have to respond to two questions, one for each of the countries they represent. For example, the USA will be asked: ‘Are you prepared to give money to the most affected countries to help pay for the damage caused by climate change? Why?’
The students will need their wits about them, as their knowledge of the subject and their skills of debate and diplomacy will all be tested to the full.