Nov 20, 2023
In collaboration with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership (ZCCP), CDEC organized this year’s Youth Climate Summit at Queen Katherine School in Kendal in July.
Fifteen schools participated in the event, bringing 75 young people and 20 teachers for a day of sharing and learning.
The aims of the 2023 summit were:
- to provide young people and schools across Cumbria with the opportunity to learn about climate change and what action they can take locally and globally
- to provide young people with the opportunity to share what they have already been doing and be inspired with new ideas
- to provide the ZCCP partnership the opportunity to raise awareness of the programme and how schools and young people can get involved
- to be as youth-led as possible - in planning content and facilitating the event
Following consultation with young people and linking with the ZCC sector groups, the overall theme for the 2023 summit was energy and biodiversity. School groups shared with each other the climate-related activities they had been engaged in over the last year. They were then invited to feed their ideas into the ZCCP’s sector group priorities...
...before going to the following workshops:
- Buggingham Palace - build a bug hotel and take some ideas away for how you create one back in your school
- CliMART - a creative workshop exploring how we can communicate our message about energy or biodiversity
- Biodiversity recording - learn how to record biodiversity in your school grounds and local community and help create a picture of how biodiverse Cumbria is
- Energy audit - learn how to audit your school's use of energy and begin finding out about renewable energy sources your school could have
- SucSEED - a youth led project focused on rewilding. Find out about how they set it up and how you could also do something similar
- Nature Journalling - get outside, connect with nature in a creative and different way
Attending the summit were representatives of all the collaborating partners, those delivering workshops, staff from QKS, representatives from Westmorland and Furness Council, Sustainable Staveley and MP Tim Farron who addressed the young people before they made their climate action pledges for the coming year.