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Bristol schools attend Climate Emergency, Education and Democratic Leadership Conference

22 October 2019

On Saturday 19th October, students from a range of schools and colleges across Bristol arrived at the School of Education for The Climate Emergency, Education and Democratic Leadership Conference.

The conference brought together young people from across Bristol, together with climate scientists, activists, employers, and government agency representatives, to discuss what is required to respond adequately and positively to the climate emergency. The key question for the day was: How do we talk about the climate emergency and how do we use our voices for change?

With a combination of presentations, workshops and a plenary panel, the conference aimed to provide a clear, science-based picture of the expected effects of climate change, as well as providing an opportunity to listen to and question key experts, educators and activists. In terms of personal development, the conference provided a forum to debate how to respond to the emergency and an opportunity to develop personal agendas for action.

Feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as:

“Really good, very informative and helpful. I learnt things that I didn’t know before and feel more confident talking on the subject.”

“It was really informative and interesting. Gave me a wider idea of what is happening to our world and what we could do.”

“Have had a thoroughly enjoyable day with really interesting and engaging speakers and activities, with a really welcoming atmosphere and would love to attend these regularly with new speakers and ideas.”

It is hoped that the conference can be repeated next year, with even more schools involved. 

Further information

Photos from The Climate Emergency, Education and Democratic Leadership Conference can be found on the School of Education Flickr page.

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