July 6, 2022

COP26 Continues with Founding of University of Reading Partnership

Born out of the desire to continue to make a difference following the international Climate Change conference in November 2021, a group of Leighton Park students have formed the co-curricular activity group, Climate of Change or CLoC. A number of the CloC group’s Sixth Form members attended COP26 in Glasgow and others lower down the School are keen to collaborate on this important topic, which aligns so well with the Quaker testimony of sustainability.

On Tuesday 5th July the CloC group and representatives from the Eco Clubs, accompanied by STEAM Co-Ordinator, Mark Budge and Co-Lead in Sustainability, Jo Toovey, connected with Climate Science specialists at the University of Reading to discuss the possibility of collaborating in a variety of climate change initiatives, linking local and national schools, universities and businesses with the common goals of increasing educational awareness and acting on climate change. The CloC group are keen to encourage local schools to adopt a climate action plan and to encourage collaboration in making changes to support action on climate change.

It might even be possible to found a Reading Chapter of Student Energy for schools. Student Energy is a nationwide collection of university student led hubs that take action on energy in their local communities and aim to empower the next generation to find a sustainable equitable energy future. Since no secondary school equivalent yet exists this is an exciting new initiative and one which would see the University of Reading’s Student Energy Chapter extending its reach to younger pupils. Leighton Park is keen to become a school level hub uniting secondary school pupils in the vicinity to debate and act in much the same way as their university level counterparts.

The first meeting was a success and will be followed up by further discussions in the Autumn Term.

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