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SW19 4LR Wimbledon,

Schools have their say on COP 26 plans

  • 5 February 2020

Creativity, commitment and communication were high on the agenda during the COP 26 consultations with Jesuit schools last week.

Jesuit Missions is in the process of planning resources, activities and events in anticipation of the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) which will take place in Glasgow in November this year. COP 26 is seen as a major crossroads in deciding the world’s response to climate change.

We are looking for input from schools, parishes and university chaplaincies to shape our approach to COP 26, recognising that young people are showing real leadership in the battle against climate change.

We heard from pupils from St Mary’s Hall, St Joseph’s Hurst Green and St Aloysius’ Junior School. The three schools were linked through Connected Classrooms which was facilitated by Educate Magis’ Ciara Beuster. Clare and Lucy from Jesuit Missions went to Wimbledon College to hear the ideas of some of the students there. Students from the schools, including Jesuit Missions Climate Change Ambassadors, had the opportunity to share the ways that they are caring for our common home and offer suggestions about what they would like to see Jesuit Missions doing in relation to COP 26.

The range of activities in the schools, including vegetable gardens, tree planting, letter writing to local leaders about the elimination of the use of single use plastics and use of bio-fuels for heating gives testimony to their creativity and willingness to embrace change to care for our common home.

We would like to say a big thank you to the participating schools and their staff. This was part of a wider consultation process which will be taking place over the next fortnight, and we look forward to hearing more young people tell us about how they are caring for God’s creation and what they would like to do for COP 26.

If you would like to share you ideas about what Jesuit Missions can do for COP 26 please contact our Campaigns and Communication Officer, Clare at clare@jesuitmissions.org.uk