Celebrating the success of our Globeducate schools´efforts to develop sustainability practices and education, teachers took to their screens for a webinar led by WWF-UK Education Manager Matt Larsen-Daw to launch a new cross-cultural, international Globeducate Festival of Sustainability that kicked off with a global webinar bringing together 17 of our schools from Europe and India.
Introducing this new Globeducate and WWF festival in the weeks leading up to International Climate Action Day on 24th October, he explained that none of us is powerless to bring about change and what we can do as individuals and schools can make a difference to our future. Through the things that we do, say, buy, choose, we all have the potential to influence others and to make an impact. A difference can be made in every classroom, every home. The individual reach and potential of each of our 25,000 students to impact on climate action is huge.
During a year of global crisis, a recent IPSOS poll in 14 countries found that 71 per cent of adults agreed that climate action is as important as Covid-19 to tackle, and that 65 per cent agreed that economic recovery from the pandemic must include steps to safeguard the future of the planet.
The launch webinar for the WWF-Globeducate Festival of Sustainability took place on 1st October, followed by the first online event for teachers and students, an Ask the Experts webinar, “Shaping a Sustainable Future” on the afternoon of 16th October.
The festival kick-off webinar involved a presentation setting the scene and outlining the WWF´s 2020 Living Planet Report findings, an excerpt from Sir David Attenborough´s new “A Life on our Planet”, available for schools to screen, and a discussion of the difference each teacher and each student has the capacity to make. The following week, Globeducate students and teachers attended an Ask the Experts webinar.
“It was amazing to be able to sit at home and talk to such a huge audience of young people in Globeducate schools around the world, getting into such great discussions, based on really insightful and thoughtful questions.”
Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK.
Jacquie Bance De Vasquez, Senior Campaigns Manager, WWF-UK, was impressed by the chat function content in the webinar, saying:
“It was such a pleasure to be able to speak to students from across the world and to hear the questions on their minds. The debate on chat was lively and it was so good to see their own knowledge and understanding come through there, reflecting on what they were hearing.”
Matt Larsen-Daw added: “Globeducate students once again impressed us with their engagement and the depth of their questions and discussion. A great kick-off to what promises to be a vibrant year of action for sustainability across the Globeducate network of schools!”
During the course of the 2020/21 academic year, these Eco-Schools co-ordinators will have a wealth of WWF resources to draw on and a number of online events for Globeducate schools to attend with students, regular check-in webinars to share good practice and ideas, and a showcase in June to celebrate what has been achieved. Other WWF-UK events this year include an inter-school WWF quiz in January and, for the first time, Primary aged children will also be learning how to take part in these online webinars and discussions.
We look forward to the Festival of Sustainability Showcase in June 2021.