GA Silver Publishers' Award for RMetS Climate Change Negotiations School Resource

GA silver award

The Society's Climate Change Negotiations for Schools Resource – Simulating a World Climate Conference, has today been accredited with a Silver Publishers’ Award by the Geographical Association.

The aim of the resource is to provide teachers with an accessible and interactive resource to engage pupils in a topical debate on climate change. The judges were very impressed by the high standard of the submission.

Sylvia Knight, Head of Education at the RMetS, said, “In 2015, Rimini Protokoll staged a mock climate conference in theatres across Germany. 9000 people took part in an immersive, interactive negotiation process. I wondered how we could make use of this in UK schools. Mock negotiations already exist, bringing together selected students from several schools and requiring considerable preparation. Our resource allows non-expert teachers to run similarly engaging negotiations without much preparation in standard lessons.”

The RMetS worked together with consultants from Rimini Protokoll, the Max Plank Institute for Meteorology, the Tyndall Centre, UK delegates to the 2015 Paris negotiations and teachers to turn the theatre production into a 2 lesson classroom resource for a GCSE or A level class of 20-30 students.  

The question the students are faced with is: “How can we, as a global community, identify the differentiated responsibilities of different nations to prevent climate change in the future and help countries deal with the consequences which are already inevitable?” Over the course of the conference, they use critical thinking to evaluate data, images and facts and interpret and relate country specific climate change and socioeconomic issues.

The resource consists of a mix of short films, online resources (country specific fact sheets and infographics) and resources specifically for the teacher. Students are encouraged throughout to identify as a representative of their assigned country – one of 10 chosen because either they are responsible for large past or current greenhouse gas emissions, or because they are particularly vulnerable to the projected impacts. They learn about that country in a homework exercise, then attend a series of ‘market places’ to collect information about adaptation, mitigation, the 2 degree target and global finance. Subsequently, they prepare and present speeches to the assembled delegates, before there is an opportunity for bilateral and multilateral negotiations. Finally, a powerful voting tool allows the students to see whether, together, they have done enough to limit climate change to a 2°C or even a 1.5°C warming and provided enough money to the Green Climate Fund. 

Barry Evans, Head of Geography at Hinchingbrooke School said: “Many thanks for visiting us today and giving the Year 10s a real experience. I've had a chat with them and every one of them really enjoyed it, notably some of the quieter ones who sometimes struggle to get involved. It's a powerful way of delivering this subject.”

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News Date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018