From United Nations

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

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

Region(s): All of UK

COP28 is the United Nations’ 28th 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. COP28 will take place from 30th November – 12th December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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. COP28 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:

  • Sign up for the award-winning Champions of Antarctica project to receive a free learning pack containing lesson plans, resources and videos to help primary pupils learn about the world’s last wilderness and how to protect it.
  • Encourage pupils aged 9-14 to write about an environmental issue that is important to them ready to enter the Wicked Writers: Be the Change writing competition in January 2024
  • Explore a range of video resources on the environment and climate change to support teaching around COP28 from BBC Teach.
  • Topical Talk provides free resources to promote discussion about current affairs and help pupils aged 10+ develop key speaking, listening, problem-solving and creativity skills. Explore their selection of environment and climate-related resources.
  • 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.
  • Download a selection of free English units with an environmental theme from Talk for Writing.
  • Discover seven different ways to use photos to inspire children’s writing with Photos for Writing, a free teaching resource created by Pie Corbett to accompany a bank of stunning photos of the natural world.
  • 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.
  • Catch up with author Natasha Farrant as she talks about the environmental themes in her new middle-grade adventure The Rescue of Ravenwood in a free ReadingZone book club event for pupils aged 9-13.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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