faqs


WHAT IS IT?

The Climate and Nature Summit is a series of empowering virtual sessions that encourage stimulating climate and nature conversations.  The summit is all about positive actions that we can take. There is a schedule for primary and post-primary schools.  It runs for one week, Nov 1st to 5th.


WHY TAKE PART?

The magnitude of the climate and ecological emergency, and the urgency at which we need to take action is beginning to seep into the public consciousness with better reporting in the media.  World leaders are meeting from November 1st to 12th 2021 in Glasgow for the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, to accelerate action on climate change.  Schools need to get in front of this and proactively start thinking about an education system that prepares our students for the future.  The Climate and Nature Summit creates a space for teachers and students to have these conversations and consider action plans that could be put in place for their school.  The summit encourages students and educators to realise their own agency to make change.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Primary schools have one session per day.  Teachers can access the sessions at any time of the day, and also once the event has finished.

Post-primary schools will have two sessions everyday.  We recommend a whole school approach to the Climate and Nature Summit.  This means that your school will decide what times of the day teachers and students watch these two sessions.  For example, everyday throughout the week your school may decide to watch the first session at 9am and the second session at 2pm.  There is power in having collective conversations. Hence why we are encouraging all classes (1st to 6th year) in your school to watch the sessions at the same time in the day, irrespective of what subject they are in.  However, any teacher or class can access the sessions at any time of the day, and also once the event has finished.


HOW DO THE SESSIONS WORK FOR POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Each session is 40mins.  Educators do not need to prepare anything in advance.  You do not need any knowledge or expertise.  Just press play.  The speakers will prompt the educator to pause the video for activities.  For example, students will be asked to solve a problem on the board, participate in a quiz or have a paired discussion.  The speaker will advise the students how long they have for each activity.

There will be an additional activity for those schools that have longer lessons (more than 40mins).  The resources for these additional activities can be viewed before each session.  

 

HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED?

Educators should register on the website.  You will be sent occasional updates that the summit is approaching.  The summit is occurring the week after the October half term, Nov 1st -5th, coinciding with the world leaders meeting in Glasgow for COP26. You will have access to the sessions during the last week of school before your holidays so that you can familiarize yourself with the website and can identify where the sessions are.

 

IS THERE CPD FOR TEACHERS?

In the evening from Nov 1st -4th, and 8th -11th,  high energy empowering CPD sessions will run for teachers through education centres around Ireland.  Details of this CPD will be posted on the website closer to the time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CLIMATE AND NATURE SUMMIT?

  • Schools are invited to register their interest in joining the Irish Schools Sustainability Network to work on joint campaigns to put sustainability at the heart of education.
  • Schools can pledge to develop a sustainability policy for their school.
  • Schools can pledge to continue the whole school conversation by engaging in ‘5mins of sustainability’ a week.  Resources will be available for schools which will focus on the actions we can take.

Do I need to download or install any software to be able to attend this event?

No, you do not need to do anything. Once you register we will send you an email with your log in details and reminders closer to the time of the summit. On the day all you need to do is come to this same website and log in to your account.


How do I login?

All you have to do is enter the username and password you have set up during registration.


Can I log back in after the event ends?

Yes the sessions will be available for 2 weeks after the event ends.


Who do I contact for more info about “Climate & Nature Summit”?

You can contact us on info@fiftyshadesgreener.ie.


Is there a cost to attend this event?

No the event is fully funded for all schools, teachers and students.