COP THAT! MANCHESTER HIGH SHOWS THE WAY FOR PARIS CLIMATE TALKS
With the crucial COP21 climate talks in Paris just days away, a group of A-level students from Manchester High showed world politicians the way forward at a dynamic meeting at the House of Commons on Thursday.
Joining with five other schools from across the UK, the conference was hosted by Tom Brake MP and organised by InterClimate Network, a British charity dedicated to helping young people understand the issues of climate change.
The delegation was also lucky enough to be addressed by The Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
In an afternoon of tough questions and insightful discussions the youngsters negotiated a new 'legally-binding treaty' to tackle emission growth.
Manchester High students received particular praise for their representation of Canada, a country that in reality has received the ‘Colossal Fossil’ award five times for its narrow-minded approach to issues of climate change.
Manchester High’s girls brought about a Canadian u-turn, demonstrating positive negotiations skills and promoting a determined spirit of co-operation to meet the global challenge head on.
“It was just a great occasion”, said the organisation's executive chair, James Streeter.
“The young people rose to the challenge, and impressed the attending politicians greatly with the strength of their arguments and the way they had all prepared their cases.
“Frankly, I think they sent a pretty powerful message to next week's climate talks. After all, the whole issue is about our children at the end of the day.”
The plea from Manchester High's students to the decision-makers gathering in Paris at the end of this week is: Be realistic. Be ambitious. Compromise.