From 28 to 30 October, the British Council took part in the 16th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16) in Glasgow. COY is an event under the banner of YOUNGO – The Official Youth Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference takes place right before the annual UN Climate Change Conference, in the same host country as the COP. COY serves as a space for capacity building and policy training, in order to prepare young people for their participation at COP.
This year, we are proud to present the findings from our Global Youth Letter and youth voices from 8,000 Rising exercise at COY through an interactive workshop and a plenary session with youth representatives across the world. The findings contributed to YOUNGO’s Youth Statement which was presented to COP organisers at the closing ceremony of COY16 on 30 October.
We also organised a panel discussion 'Climate Change Education (CCE) and Language Learning' at COY on 29 October. Chaired by Colm Downes (left), Director English Education and Society, British Council Indonesia, the panel discussion was led by panellists Linda Ruas, Language Education expert, Michael Connolly, British Council Global Director English for Education Services, and Matt Larsen-Daw, Education Manager, WWF. You can find more similar topics and learning resources in our Climate Action in Language Education resources - podcasts, lesson plans and MOOC, below.