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Tackling climate change represents a huge challenge. By 2050 global emissions need to be less than half of what they are today if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Even with action to reduce emissions, some warming is inevitable and we will need to adapt to things like more frequent heat waves and floods.

So tackling climate change needs a dual approach:
Actions to mitigate – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Actions to adapt – to improve the ways in we can adapt to changes in the climate.

The challenge of climate change requires not only an understanding of how our use of fossil fuel energy can influence the world’s climate, but also to develop an understanding of how local actions that can limit global changes. Such actions include using less energy and using what we need more efficiently and switching to renewable energy sources which have zero or low carbon emissions. Other actions which can also help us adapt include green planting to improve shade, increasing biodiversity and more sustainable use of water.

The network has 3 key aims ……

Developing an EU wide network of schools
This EU project has a strong focus on building links between UK schools and partner schools across Europe. We aim to develop a thriving and sustainable network with an emphasis on sharing experiences and examining how diversity and culture influence our actions.

Enhancing teaching and learning experiences
The project aims to provide access to a wide range of teaching resources, to support and provide training for teachers, to make science learning interesting, to develop new teaching approaches and embed climate change in the curriculum.

Encouraging positive action to help limit changes in climate
Collective and individual action to tackle climate change is a key element of the project. Schools can act as a catalyst for action, to encourage whole community involvement, to engender lifelong learning and develop life skills.

Benefits of becoming a member

Through this network we can offer your school: easy access to valuable teaching resources, making science more interesting, bringing climate change into the curriculum, providing wider cultural and community contacts and benefits, and releasing a sense of empowerment for young people so they become the experts and champions for positive action. We also hope that such initiatives will enhance teacher training as part of their personal professional development.

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