Barnsley Schools invited to virtual Climate Change conference

A big shout out to all schools across Barnsley to take part in an exciting, three-day Schools Climate Conference - brought to you by amazing voluntary group, Schools’ Climate Education South Yorkshire (SCESY)

This free, three-day event kick-starts on Monday 5 July and runs until Wednesday 7 July and is suitable for all primary and secondary schools across our borough. The event can even be attended from the comfort of your own classroom as it will be brought to you virtually - allowing you to dip in and out of sessions applicable to you and your school. 

This exciting event will feature a whole programme of fun and informative workshops. activities and presentations covering a wide range of climate change related topics. The children will explore what climate change is; why we need to be concerned about it and what we can do to reduce its impacts. It will focus on practical ideas and aim to excite, motivate and enthuse the young people to take action to tackle climate change.

The conference will also feature a variety of local organisations and guest speakers who do amazing work around climate change and education – including Dame Sarah Storey, Paralympian Gold Medallist and Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region, who will be speaking about practical things we can all do to create a more sustainable planet.

There will also be the opportunity for teachers to explore how they can bring climate change and sustainability into the national curriculum and their lesson plans; tie it into sessions and embed it in the school’s ethos.

One of the event organisers from SCESY, Rafia Hussain, said: “We’re so excited to be bringing this conference to schools across South Yorkshire and look forward to welcoming schools from across Barnsley and the wider region. The conference really does offer something for all ages and interests - with the overriding aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and to actively help schools to reduce carbon emissions whilst improving their local environment.

“We know this is a busy time of year for schools which is why recordings will be available afterwards to watch at a time to suit you and your timetable. We look forward to welcoming you soon”

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “We are delighted to support this conference and would urge as many schools in Barnsley to get involved as possible. When this council declared our Climate Emergency in 2019, we said it was vitally important to include young people every step of the way and this is evidence of us delivering on this promise.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of these issues amongst our future generations and to highlight all the things we can do to help – whether that be at home or at school. As we continue our journey to Net Zero Carbon, it’s vital that we all do our bit to help and it’s events like this that will help us on our journey and achieve our priority to be a sustainable Barnsley.”

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