The idea for a Schools Climate Summit came out of reflections after hosting London Climate Action Week 2020. Following a number of impressive events showcasing environmental efforts in schools and student-led climate initiatives, we wondered how we could enhance their impact. In particular, by using a ‘whole school’ approach, engaging school leaders, governors, business managers, teachers, students, staff and the local community. Our objective was to overcome fragmentation, address structural issues and build a cohesive sectoral response to the climate emergency, which could help drive delivery – at scale – in a global city of almost nine million people, with impacts far and wide.
The Summit will bring together London’s diverse education sector, local and national policy makers, youth and communities. It will provide a platform for engagement, monitoring and recognition of achievement for schools of different types: state schools, independent schools, special schools, faith schools, alternative provision and international schools.
‘Leave no-one behind’ is the UN Sustainable Development Goals motto driving our efforts. We’re honoured to be working with the Mayor of London, London Councils and a wide range of national and international partner organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors on this exciting initiative.
Please join us in this collective effort to leverage the full potential of schools, bring hope and bend the curve on climate change.
Co-chairs, London Climate Action Week – Education Group