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TSL and ZooLab’s Kids virtual Climate COP26 Summit

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Kids COP 26 Summit

As part of our COP events and activities, we ran a virtual ‘Kids COP26 Summit’ as a collaboration between TSL and ZooLab. 

Monday 5th November was the day for Youth and Public Empowerment at the COP26 Summit, aiming to elevate the voice of young people and demonstrate the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action. 

The TSL and ZooLab Kids COP26 Summit  gave 25 students from 13 countries a chance to explore different perspectives and become ‘experts’ in 8 different environmental issues, impacting, and impacted by, climate change. They then presented their well-researched arguments to our own ‘World Leaders’ (Barry Murrer, Chair of TSL Trustees; Tobi Odiachi, UK Youth Climate Coalition member; John Paul Jose, youth environmental and climate activist, and Gurmail Singh, Renaissance Foundation Trustee and sustainable technologies expert), to persuade them to develop a more ambitious World Action Plan for climate.

Each group was asked to highlight the key problems or issues relating to their topic and suggest solutions to mitigate or resolve the problems identified. 

Not only do the children’s ideas show how much can be done, but they were presented in a fantastic way

Watch the virtual Kids COP26 Summit video

Kirsty (TSL) and Georgie (ZooLab) also delivered an online ‘Climate and Nature Lesson’ to further explore the topics students had raised during the virtual Kids Cop26 Summit.

You can also see a summary of each groups key findings below:

Biodiversity
Problems Identified                                                 Potential Solutions
Habitat Loss due to Forest Fires, Deforestation and Increased TemperaturesThe 4 R’s (Consisting of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse)
Overpopulation increasing demand for resources driving biodiversity loss and temperature riseCreate New Laws to protect biodiversity (like protecting forests and implementing the 4 R’s)
Food production and security at risk if biodiversity is lostBetter environmental education for everyone
FloodingReduce use of fossil fuels and use more renewable energy source
Business and Finance
Problems Identified                                                        Potential Solutions
Unsustainable Production and Manufacturing ProcessesUse renewable energy and sustainable practises like electric or hydrogen vehicles for transporting goods and proper recycling
Use of Fossil Fuels – Mining damages habitats, pollutes the air and increases carbon emissionsCircular economy business model
Supply, Transport and demands for goods can be impacted increasing pricesEducation and knowledge of sharing of sustainable practises
Whole economies and livelihoods can be impacted if businesses failProviding funds for Sustainable Development through Green and Blue finance models (focussing on forests and oceans)

Energy

Energy
Problems Identified                                               Potential Solutions
Solar panels polluting the planet when thrown awayWork with scientists to ensure we follow the right path to a solution
Extracting materials for energy can be damaging, unsustainable and dangerousUse more hydro and solar powered energy and less energy from fossil fuels
The General over consumption of fossil fuelsRenewable energy as it doesn’t run out and doesn’t produce as much carbon emissions
Overusing energy sources when unnecessary Don’t use too many solar panels and instead use windmills, biomass and hydroelectric sources
Utilise green transport such as electric vehicles and form partnerships to try and find even more solutions
Food and Farming
Problems Identified                                                      Potential Solutions
Cattle farming as it produces methane as well as issues with overgrazing and land clearanceReducing food waste and using waste products to create fertilisers and compost
Increasing populations means increasing food demand leading to unsustainable farming practisesSustainable farming and livestock management practises
Soil quality degrading due to erosions, drought and floodsFunding for farmers for more sustainable farming technology and knowledge sharing such as water management systems
Poor farming methods could lead to food shortages and crops being destroyedUse traditional farming methods that work to enhance nature such as crop rotation and use natural predators instead of chemicals utilising rainwater harvesting
Forests
Problem Identified                                                         Potential Solutions
Forest FiresGet the government to create new jobs for people to protect the forests like Rangers
Oxygen Production and Air QualityMake Sustainable Forest Management Plans
The danger to the millions of animals that live in forestsRecycle and Reuse materials and don’t waste things
Important food sourcesUse Sustainable practises most notably do not cut trees – also set laws against deforestation

Oceans
Problems Identified                                                       Potential Solutions
Ocean Warming – Causes coral bleaching and ice caps melting as well as the destruction of habitats both for animals and peopleReduce single use items and move towards reusable and renewable materials
Pollution of the Sea by Oils and PlasticsGovernments should help to clean up beaches 
Overfishing and illegal fishing practisesRegulation of fishing practises and enforcement and policing of laws to protect the ocean
Ocean gas cycles are changing – carbon storage abilities reduce and ocean acidification increases as temperatures rise and oxygen production reduceSwitch to greener cleaner energies to reduce carbon emissions and pollution
Create more marine protected areas and build artificial reefs and support organisations working to protect the oceans and marine life
Transport
Problems Identified                                                        Potential Solutions
Fossils Fuels and Pollution leading to problems such as breathing problems and poor air qualityUse biofuels and sustainably run cars
Building of transport networks can be environmentally damagingIntelligent city planning to promote and encourage walking and cycling and use public and hybrid vehicles
Poor infrastructure currently in place for electric/hybrid/biofuel vehiclesProvide subsidies or incentives for people to buy hybrid vehicles and use public transport plus improve infrastructure to make use of green transport
People taking unnecessary car journey when they could walk or cyclePublic and Business consultation to contribute to policy ideas relating to sustainable transport
Work to minimise the environmental impacts of new transport systems being built
Social Justice
Problems Identified                                                       Potential Solutions
Families are in poverty and struggling to meet their basic needsRecycling and Proper Waste Disposal
Deforestation drives climate change, impacts wildlife and affects water availabilityRight to repair and circular economy (how can we use everything and create no waste)
Food security and economy impacted by climate changeResponsible Consumerism like Fairtrade
Fast Fashion: Man made fabrics, artificials dyes, lots of chemicals, lots of waste and pollution, poor impacts on health and poor salaries and conditions for poor workersDeveloped Countries can help to support developing countries by making sustainable technology cheaper and providing training and support
Increase the profit shares of farmers and growers

Final ‘World Climate Action Plan’ developed by students

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