Climate negotiations for schools

Students from Northern Ireland in climate negotiations. Photo credit: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

The Royal Meteorological Society’s award-winning climate negotiations resource for schools visited Northern Ireland. Fifty under-16 year-old students from five schools participated.

Each student spent the morning learning about a country and attending sessions on climate science, finance and adaptation, and mitigation strategies. In the afternoon, they took up the challenge of representing the interest of their country effectively and negotiating with their fellow delegates to limit global climate change to 2°C or even 1.5°C.

Despite some extremely effective negotiation, they were not able to commit to emission reductions which would limit global temperature increases to within 2°C.

The resource is free for use by teachers for education of students. We ask that users let us know when they use it. More information about this resource, and contact details, are available at the MetLink website

A key feature of the resource are the video briefings from the UK representative to the Paris negotiations, David Warrilow OBE FRMetS. David has just taken up office as the President of the Royal Meteorological Society.

The Climate Negotiations Resource was awarded ‘Silver’ at this year’s Geographical Association Conference. The judges said that they felt that the quality of the resource would enable teachers to confidently set up an excellent simulation for their classes.

By Fiona Hewer, RMetS

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