Size of Wales launches new and expanded climate change schools programme: MockCOP, in partnership with WCIA

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Size of Wales and WCIA are pleased to announce that they will be growing their celebrated MockCOP programme this year. Events will be held across Wales, culminating with a final event at the Senedd in Cardiff in November 2019. They are looking for participants now.

The expansion of the programme has been made possible by the kind support of the ScottishPower Foundation.

What is MockCOP?
Size of Wales and WCIA have been running MockCOP since 2015. MockCOP is an event modelled on the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP) where representatives from all countries meet to negotiate resolutions to tackle climate change. Groups of 3 students aged 14-18 years old from across Wales are each given a nation to represent. They research and prepare their position, then represent their allocated nation presenting their case, aiming to negotiate an agreement with the other nations. In 2018, the programme was voted Highly Commended in the Sustainability Academy Wales Awards.

How is the programme expanding?
Previously, there has only been one event each year, held in Cardiff. Now, thanks to the support of the ScottishPower Foundation, there will be several regional MockCOP events across Wales, culminating in a final event in Cardiff in the Debating Chamber of National Assembly, Wales.

“We are delighted to be running a much bigger version of our MockCOP programme this year in partnership with WCIA and with the kind support of the ScottishPower Foundation. The programme provides young people with the opportunity to step into the shoes of other nations, think about climate change from multiple perspectives as well as develop their public speaking and debating skills.” Size of Wales Director, Elspeth Jones said.

As part of the programme Size of Wales will be looking to develop and support young climate change champions across Wales.

Ann McKechin, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation said: “The next generation are leading the fight against climate change throughout our country. That is why the Foundation is pleased to support this exciting programme that brings young people together from all parts of Wales to debate on how to meet the challenges that will impact on their future while understanding different perspectives from around the globe.”

How can schools get involved?
The regional events will run in July and September 2019. Please click here to see the list of dates and events and to register your schools’ participation. More regional dates will be announced. The final will be held in Cardiff in November. We are aiming to work with 80 secondary schools and nearly 250 pupils will participate with the programme this year. All events are free to join.

WCIA’s CEO, Susie Ventris-Field said: “MockCOP is a fantastic opportunity that builds learners’ skills, knowledge and confidence so they can act on the crucial topic of climate change, and this funding means we can reach more young people across Wales. As well as aligning fantastically with the new curriculum in developing ethical informed citizens. It is also very timely as young people strike to persuade our leaders to address climate change.”

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