Solihull Schools Climate Summit

Six students from Solihull Sixth Form College joined the Solihull Schools Climate Conference last week, organised by the InterClimate Network.

Coinciding with the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, this event saw schools and colleges from across Solihull come together to debate climate issues and replicate the real conference by representing different nations from around the world.

The College had two teams taking part in the conference, with Year 13 students Jonathon Hickey, Jaedon Khan and Samuel Willard representing China. they provided reasoned and evidenced arguments that justified this global superpower’s position as needing until 2060 to achieve net carbon zero.

The College’s second team included Year 12 students Aaliyah Fiaz, Sidrah Choudhry and Jack Skelding, who championed the cause of the Marshall Islands. This was the students’ first experience of public speaking in the Council’s Civic Suite and they rose to the challenge admirably.

Earth Studies teacher Helen Evans commented:

“The students were a credit to themselves and our institution. I was so proud of them. So empowered were they by this experience, they are very much hoping to seize the opportunity to attend these collaborative events in the future.”

This event is just one of the ways students at the College are getting involved in environmental issues. A new Environmental Society has been formed this year – students with an interest in protecting the planet have formed this enrichment to work together towards a common aim. The students meet every Wednesday and have already met with key staff to discuss their ideas, which include Spring bulb planting, creating a wildflower area within the College, creating ecological habitats for birds and insects and possibly creating a living wall/area on campus. In addition, the students will be meeting with the College caterers in January to discuss how the Refectory can reduce plastic packaging, cutlery and food waste.

19 November 2021