Event Summary



Date and Time

Tuesday 7 December 2021 (13:00 - 15:45)


£60.00 (£75.00 non-members)

Floods, heatwaves, droughts and fires are set to continue as our climate changes, and the extent of these disasters can make us feel powerless to effect change. Yet our successful Skills and Education Group SustainabilityMeet in June this year attracted a variety of presentations, both strategic and operational, and focused on what our communities can do to make positive interventions. We are therefore pleased to launch the initial meeting of a new termly network for all those interested in this important work.

The aim of this network is to share good, sustainable practice across providers in the further education and skills sector as we work to raise awareness and to prepare our learners for greener ways of working. The theme for our first meeting is one that engaged the interest of everyone during the SustainabilityMeet last term: the importance and impact of our young people leading the way in climate change. The date of this particular meeting is significant as it follows the global summit Cop26, due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021. Current plans for Cop26 include an ambition to help make the event more inclusive by having a day devoted to selected young climate change activists, fitting in well with our proposed theme of how we access and engage the learner voice in this work.

We are privileged and delighted to welcome Serena Bashal to the meeting. Serena was the focal point for the official United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Youth Constituency, known as YOUNGO. This is a global network of youth groups and organisations who work in climate change-related fields. She has extensive knowledge of the ways in which the COP creates (or doesn't create) space for youth contributions and will share her insights into how to facilitate young people’s involvement in sustainability work.

There is a real appetite in the sector to better understand sustainability goals and we are also pleased to welcome Sara Wilcock, Co-Founder of The Sustainability Academy to the meeting.  Founded in 2020 to help embed sustainable development goals into everyday decision-making. The Sustainability Academy has benefited from collaboration with the United Nations to embed UN resources into their resource bank for students and teachers, details of which can be found via this link.  Sara will outline the content of a Sustainability Goals Diploma developed by the Academy and launched this year, as part of a global CPD programme to upskill teaching staff.

We know that collaboration is a powerful form of professional development, and our networks are designed to facilitate and encourage peer collaboration. An important part of the session will therefore be a scheduled opportunity to network, learn about colleagues’ successes, hear each other’s ideas, and develop solutions to ongoing challenges.  To encourage this collaboration, we are pleased to welcome back Richard Chambers (Head of Projects, Boston College) to update us on his progress in engaging learners in the Boston College approach to climate change initiatives. In addition, Julie Thorpe (Centre Manager, Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub) will report on the progress of their new modular programme (launched in September) of green career pathways for young people.

So, come and join us for this exciting network, to both share your experiences and be inspired by new ideas and initiatives.

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