MockCOP 2019 – what’s happened so far and what’s still to come

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With 2 of 5 regional events already under our belt we are looking forward to our remaining events in the new school year. We still have spaces in our September and October COPs:
Caernarfon – Thursday 12th September
Wrexham – Friday 4th October
Cardiff – Friday 11th October
You can register your school here: All teams taking part in the regional events have the opportunity to apply for the final event in November held in Ty Hywel, Wales’ National Assembly.

The students of our first two events did a fantastic job at representing their allocated countries. We saw alliances forming between low lying island states, and tensions between high and low income states grow as they negotiated, trying to agree resolutions and ways forward in the global effort to address climate change and keep global temperatures below a 1.5⁰C increase. It was clear that each team had really done their research and understood the complexities and dynamics of the negotiations.

Students who took part in our July dates said:
“My view on climate change is that it cannot be neglected. This session has opened my eyes to everyone’s impacts and affects, not just my own.”

“Countries need to work together because we won’t change our world alone. Small things also can change our world and help with this problem if we do it together.”

Mrs Chrissie Owens, Science teacher at Cathedral School, Llandaff said she’ll definitely be helping her students apply for November’s two-day final.
“What our students loved about the event was having the opportunity to lead discussion and be the key decision makers when it came to developing the resolutions for tackling climate change. Since MockCOP the students have felt empowered to make change within our school community and have lots of plans ahead of the new school year.”

MockCOP is a fantastic opportunity that enables young people to engage interactively with the complexities of tackling climate change. As well as aligning with the new curriculum in developing ethical informed citizens, it promotes global citizenship and contributes towards a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals including quality education, reduced inequalities and climate action.

With thanks to our fantastic partners Welsh Centre of International Affairs, and also to ScottishPower Foundation for their funding of the programme.

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