From COP27

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

COP27 is the United Nations’ 27th climate change summit, where world leaders, scientists and experts will come together to discuss and agree how to jointly tackle climate change and its impact on our planet. COP 27 will take place from 6th – 18th November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.

COP stands for the ‘Conference of the Parties’. The ‘parties’  are the governments that have signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

The latest science shows that the world is still a long way from meeting the targets needed to limit climate change to previously agreed levels. COP27 provides an important opportunity for governments to strengthen their targets and to consider the steps that need to be taken to adapt to current and future climate change.

Cost: Free.

Further resources:

  • Join National Geographic Kids journalist Tim Herbert  for a free, live Writing for the Planet event for KS2 pupils on Monday 28th November. Find out how journalists use non-fiction writing to explore the world around them and  get some top tips on how to research and write your own own non-fiction story.
  • Topical Talk provides free resources to encourage and stimulate discussion about current affairs and the news with KS2 and KS3 pupils. They have a selection of environment and climate-related resources, including a one-hour lesson plan looking at the purpose of COP 27.
  • Register for Build the Change Tuesday, a free, weekly sustainability news worksheet from The Day and the LEGO Group that provides a news story and ready-to-go activities to prompt classroom debate and inspire young people aged 8-13 to create innovative solutions to the problems affecting our planet.
  • There’s still time to take part in this year’s National Poetry Day competition in collaboration with Greenpeace. There are three categories for the Poems for the Planet competition – 7-11, 11-18 and 18+ – with free teaching resources available to download. The deadline for entries is midnight on 1st December.
  • Talk for Writing have a selection of English booklets with an environmental theme available for free.
  • Ensure your pupils can keep up to date with climate change issues by taking out a school subscription to a junior newspaper or nature magazine. Find a selection here.
  • Find a selection of author videos, recommended booklists and activities themed around the environment from Scottish Book Trust.
  • Books for Topics have an Awesome Planet Earth booklist as well as recommendations to cover environmental sustainability and plastic pollution.
  • Find a selection of recommended fiction and non-fiction titles for primary schools on the topic of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle from Best Books for Schools.
  • The Climate Fiction Writers League is a group of writers from around the world whose work aims to raise awareness of climate change. Their books include pictures books, middle grade and young adult fiction. You can find them here.
  • Explore the different resources available from The Regenerators initiative from BBC Bitesize.
  • Schools can sign up for the Earth School Programme from TED-Ed and UNEP with quizzes and videos that explore how our planet works and the action needed to protect it.
  • The Together for our Planet website put together free School Packs for KS1, KS2 and KS3 with suggested activities to help schools engage with the issues that were discussed at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

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