Mock COP comes to CLS
The CLS Eco-Schools Committee hosted a Mock COP Conference on Tuesday this week. Pupils from CLS, CLSG, Highbury Grove, Freemans and City of London Academy Southwark represented ten countries involved in the COP to discuss what their countries are doing currently and debate what they can do to slow the climate change crisis.
The Mock COP was arranged to help gain a better understanding of the challenges that many countries have with becoming more ecologically viable. The event began with a presentation from the Chief Climate Officer of the City of London Corporation, which detailed the City’s climate action plan, including the target of Net-Zero emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the official UK Government schedule.
10 countries were represented at the event: Australia, Brazil, UK, Ethiopia, China, USA, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the Marshall Islands.
Each country presented their Headline Statement, outlining the impacts of Climate Change on their nation, what they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions, and how they are helping those who are affected by climate change in their respective nations. Next came the debate. The USA’s delegation spoke first, challenging Russia on their targets. Blame was thrown back and forth throughout the first half of the debate with each nation challenging each others' claims.
Throughout the debate, protesters continued to interrupt the procedures, hoisting provocative banners, and throwing around claims of “crashing integrity”. At the end of the debate, the nations present voted that ‘Sufficient Progress’ was not being made on all of the gathered nations’ climate pledges.
Then, the discussion groups phase began. Delegates from each nation formed small groups to discuss four issues: cities, forests and woodland, oceans, and energy. The cities sector suggests the construction of building from sustainable materials such as wood instead of concrete. The oceans sector suggests the prevention of fossil fuel discovery and no net decrease in ocean area. The forests and agriculture sector suggested the spreading of innovative farming techniques and re-forest many areas throughout the world. The energy sector suggests the transition to renewable energy and the spread of China’s green energy infrastructure. All of these suggestions were voted upon and almost all were agreed upon, but the organisers stressed that the hard work of solving the climate crisis is not done during the conference.
Mr Thomson, Eco-Schools Coordinator, thanked everyone for attending and left the pupils with the comment "find your voice and discover your power".
Find your voice and discover your power.