Climate Negotiations Resource Updated

We have spent the summer updating our award winning Climate Negotiations resource in preparation for the build up to COP26.

Key changes include:
– We’ve updated all the data and figures
– We’ve reviewed all the ‘market place’ resources for the section in which students collect information about climate science, climate justice and adaptation and mitigation options. The new market places are simpler and more immediately engaging.
– New films – we are delighted the Jolene Cook, the UK’s lead negotiator for science issues and part of the UK COP26 presidency, has recorded some short introductory films for the resource.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific and intergovernmental body of the United Nations (UN) tasked with providing an objective scientific assessment of climate change and its potential political, economic, social and environmental impacts. IPCC reports support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the main international treaty on climate change that has the purpose of stabilising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a level that will prevent ‘dangerous’ anthropogenic climate change (i.e. that caused by human activity).

An annual ‘Conference of Interested Parties’ (COP) assesses progress towards achieving this goal, and in December 2015 agreed the ‘Paris Agreement’ that set out member countries’ obligations to reduce GHG emissions and fund measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. 195 countries signed the agreement.

This activity simulates the negotiation process that created it. It is designed to fit into standard lessons (although it can be used as a standalone activity or event) without the need for extensive preparation or expert input. It has been shown to engage students of all abilities and to bring encourage dialogue between diverse communities.

Audience
▪ The activity is intended for students aged 13+. Ideally, they should have recently completed a topic on climate change. Inevitably, some concepts have been simplified to meet the needs of this age group.

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