Global Learning Programme

The United Nations’ 23rd conference on climate change #COP23

From 6 to 13 November 2017, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) on climate change is taking place in Bonn. Take the opportunity to explore the role of the United Nations (UN) and the issue of climate change with your pupils.

The first Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change was held in 1995. The conference is run by the UN and is the mechanism through which countries around the world reach agreements on how to reduce carbon emissions to limit climate change.

Teaching resources:

In 2015/16, the Global Learning Programme produced some detailed climate change teaching resources relating to COP21, which took place in Paris in November 2015. These resources included information and activities to enable Key Stage 3 pupils to take part in a mock climate change conference. These resources can still be used, but bear in mind that since then, important changes have occurred: Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris agreement, which was made at COP21; but China has stepped up efforts to combat climate change, and made a deal with California on clean technology.  

The GLP topic page on sustainable development also includes many other resources to help your pupils learn more about climate change.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the Climate Coalition have produced ‘Wishes for our World’ − a curriculum-linked teaching resource based on a letter from a grandfather to his grandchild, written by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo. Created for Key Stage 2 English classes (ages 9−11), ‘Wishes for our World’ will allow pupils to explore the issue of climate change in a thought-provoking and inspiring new way. To access this, go to the ‘get-involved/schools/resources’ section of the WWF website.

How about linking your rainforest topic work to preventing climate change? In the run up to COP23, indigenous people from tropical forests are touring the world to bring a powerful message to world leaders asking for support and recognition as guardians of the forest. A group of film makers and activists, ‘If not us then who?’, is organising the world tour, and work with the indigenous communities to produce powerful short films that could be used in the classroom.

Check out this short film with pupils from the GLP Expert Centre, Whitehill Junior School in Hertfordshire, speaking at a recent Global Learning Day about a link they have set up with the Agta people in the Philippines.

If you would like to access CPD to support you in your teaching about climate change and other topics related to sustainable development, there are a number of courses available, which you can attend using GLP e-credits. To access these, and a range of other resources and information about global learning, register your school here. Below is a selection of what is available:

Please go to our CPD calendar to see the full range.