We must all do our bit in this fight

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Coun­cil­lor Steve Jor­dan Leader, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil

THE coun­cil re­cently hosted the Model Cli­mate Con­fer­ence & Lo­cal Ac­tion Sum­mit run by the char­ity In­ter­cli­mate Net­work.

It sounds quite a mouth­ful but was an event for lo­cal sec­ondary schools where all the ‘del­e­gates’ were pupils and their main job was to rep­re­sent the views of dif­fer­ent na­tions who are at­tend­ing the ac­tual UN Cli­mate Con­fer­ence in Ka­tow­ice Poland from De­cem­ber 2.

A to­tal of 15 na­tions, from Fiji to Rus­sia, were se­lected to cover the dif­fer­ing at­ti­tudes to and prob­lems caused by cli­mate change.

Each school was given a num­ber of coun­tries to rep­re­sent with a team of two or three for each one. Each na­tion laid out their cur­rent po­si­tion and work be­ing done to tackle cli­mate change.

There was then a se­ries of ne­go­ti­at­ing ses­sions be­tween na­tions.

As an ob­server at the event I found the knowl­edge about the dif­fer­ent coun­tries and their is­sues was im­pres­sive, as was the en­thu­si­asm of the teams to ne­go­ti­ate be­tween coun­tries and tackle the prob­lems in­volved.

The lat­est spe­cial re­port to the UN, which brought to­gether find­ings of hun­dreds of trusted sci­en­tists across the world, shows there is un­prece­dented sci­en­tific con­sen­sus glob­ally: that cli­mate change is real and that hu­man in­ter­fer­ence is driv­ing the speed of change.

Clearly we aren’t all go­ing to be ne­go­ti­at­ing at UN Con­fer­ences, but the Lo­cal Ac­tion Sum­mit part of the event gave to the chance for lo­cal ex­perts to show what peo­ple can do to help in their own area.

While the coun­cil it­self is in­volved in many pro­jects to re­duce cli­mate change it is im­por­tant we all play a part in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Hav­ing seen the en­thu­si­asm of the young peo­ple in­volved this week I am con­fi­dent they will get stuck in to help pro­vide lead­er­ship in their schools and wider com­mu­ni­ties.

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