How You Can Come Together For Our Planet
The UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (also known as COP26) is taking place in Glasgow between October 31st and November 12th, and in the leadup to the big event, the government is calling on businesses of all shapes and sizes to come together for our planet and take steps to act against the growing threat of climate change.
Companies all around the UK are now being urged to join in the #RaceToZero, the UN-supported global campaign that is helping to rally businesses, cities, regions, educational, financial and healthcare institutions to take steps now to halve global emissions by 2030, delivering a healthier and fairer zero carbon world in time.
Depending on the size of your organisation, there are two different Partner Initiatives you can join in with. Larger firms can join through the Business ambition for 1.5, which is led by the Science Based Targets scheme, alongside the UN GLobal COmpact and the We Mean Business Coalition.
Smaller companies, meanwhile, can participate by visiting the UK Business Climate Hub and making their own commitments to reaching net zero emissions, with lots of resources and information available about the various practical steps that can be taken right now.
As for schools, all sorts of other resources have been developed to help educators and students alike do their bit ahead of COP26. There’s the Together for our Planet Schools Pack, for example, which will help schools take part in the growing green momentum in the leadup to the climate conference.
This has been created by experts to help engage students in climate action and wider conversations about climate change, with a strong focus on the UK’s student Climate Leaders, young people who are doing their bit by recycling, eating seasonally or walking to school.
And then there’s the Our Climate Our Future pack, created by WWF and partners, which focuses specifically on COP26, with the aim being to raise awareness and understanding of the Summit itself and climate change among young people around the UK.
This also includes resources for schools to help them hold their own mini climate summits, as well as workshops to identify and devise individual and school action plans.
National Grid is also running a Voices for a Green Future competition, aimed at students aged between seven and 15 in school years three to ten, to find out what they would do to help solve climate change and protect the planet.
To enter, pupils have to submit no more than 200 words by August 17th on how they would look after the planet if they were in charge, with the winners invited to turn their submissions into a speech that they will then be filmed delivering. These speeches will be showcased virtually at COP26 come November.
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