Rye St Antony students participate in discussions on climate crisis
Two grade 12 students from Rye St Antony School in Oxford participated in a nationwide summit designed to explore ways in which engineers can help achieve net zero emissions.
The Engineering Week of Tomorrow’s COP summit saw over 50 students from across the UK come together to explore how engineers are at the heart of the fight against the climate crisis.
Students heard from inspiring engineers at the forefront of reducing the effects of climate change, then held discussions moderated by broadcaster Fayon Dixon and former BBC presenter Susan Bookbinder that mirrored those held at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
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All participants had the opportunity to focus on areas of interest, such as protecting wildlife from the worst effects of climate change or motivating more young people to be more concerned with the environment. environment. They brainstormed ideas on how engineering can reduce the UK’s carbon footprint and how they can impact achieving net zero themselves.
The Schools COP Summit is part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which emphasizes to young people that engineering is a creative, exciting and challenging career that improves the world around us and plays an active role in achieving net zero.
Ms Manjula Pillay-Sayers, Science Officer at Rye St Antony School, said: “Our school is extremely proud of our representatives, Sasha Sausman and Olive Watt.
“The two future engineers and problem solvers shared inclusive and innovative ideas with the rest of the team at the Schools COP Summit on how their future careers could impact the healing of our planet.
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“They explored changes in agricultural methods, advances in materials science to design low carbon materials, calling on the government to make changes to reform its funding priorities and change the way we teach STEM in schools. They shared ideas on how different industries could work together towards net zero with a particular focus on the intersections between the subjects of art, politics and STEM. This opportunity and this platform for young minds to share their ideas has really inspired me. I’ve learned that we don’t have to wait for the future to act, let’s all act now.
Dr Hilary Leevers, Managing Director of Engineering UK, which organizes Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, said: “We really appreciated that the students of Rye St Antony School were sharing their thoughts with us at the Schools COP Summit as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. Achieving net zero is so important to the next generation and hearing firsthand from young people how they see the engineering behind the solutions was heartening. ”
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The COP Schools Summit will be available online as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week on Monday, November 8.