November 30, 2021

OLs inspire students even more at COP26

Not only were a small group of students with staff able to attend the Green Zone at COP26 but thanks to OL Julian Hodgkin, the group were able to enter the actual Blue Zone to meet Julian, member of the UNFCCC delegation and Team Assistant. Julian’s work focuses on “capacity building”, ensuring that developing countries have the capacity and ability to work with the financial and technical resources sent to them.

In a whistlestop visit, the group also met up with leading glaciologist OL Prof Peter Nienow, Chair of Glaciology at the University of Edinburgh. This proved a precious opportunity to talk to a world leader in this area, with first experience of research from the world’s depleting glaciers.

Charged with creating films on pessimism or optimism in the face of Climate Change, the group had further support with advice on gathering and creating powerful content from OL experts Ayesha Tandon (journalist at Carbon Brief) and Lottie Dodwell (Senior Interpretation Developer at the Natural History Museum).  Lottie also enabled the LP group to meet up with some of her colleagues from the Natural History Museum, who were in the Green Zone. Will Denselow, Head of the New York desk for Feature Story News, was able to give the group some very practical tips on filming and interviewing too.

The school is extremely grateful to the OLs for facilitating these extraordinary opportunities for the group to meet leading thought-leaders and those working at the sharp end of combatting climate change.

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