As part of the HEY LEP road to NET ZERO event, seven schools in the HEY area engaged in a day of activity based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, organised by the HEY LEP Careers Hub with WildHearts Group (an organisation that aims to create global social change). As the world was looking towards Glasgow for the COP26 event where the world’s most influential leaders came together in November to make plans to tackle climate change and think about the future for our young people, we offered the opportunity to Year 9 students from across the area to get involved as the COP 26 roadshow tour came to Hull on 18 October 2021. This was a unique opportunity for them to be involved in what was a key event for the country and the world as a whole.
The activity day helped develop students' climate literacy skills. Students received practical advice on how they can take action on climate change and had the opportunity to inspire and learn from other young people across the world.
In preparation, schools were encouraged to undertake activities to inspire and empower students to become positive change makers in their local communities. These included climate awareness assemblies to inspire and empower your students, as well as lesson plans introducing students to sustainability.
In addition, some students were also invited to visit the The Carbon Battle Bus, a 100% electric and emission-free tour bus that was touring the UK, starting from Cornwall’s Eden Project and concluding in Glasgow for COP26. Whilst there, they also participated in WildHearts Micro-Tyco Innovate workshop - where students were challenged to create an innovative solution to Climate Change.
One of the participating schools was Withernsea High School. They worked with the Energy and Environment Institute on a project to highlight the local impact of climate change. The students subsequently researched and created a video to raise awareness of the impact of flooding and coastal erosion in their town and the cause of these issues. This was displayed at COP26.
We used Wildhearts as they have an established track record in delivering in this field which proved very useful.
We ensured that there was activity on the day not only for the students attending the event but those still in school.
Engaging Councillors meant schools had an opportunity to engage beyond the event. Councillors raised the profile of the event.