In the lead up to COP26 we want individuals, communities, businesses and organisations from across the country to be able to get involved.
Schools and Young People
Looking for ideas for activities for schools and young people? Our resources are designed to let kids engage with climate change and express what they want for the future
The Together for our Planet campaign and WWF are working together to deliver two climate change packs to schools across the UK ahead of COP26.
The Together for our Planet Schools Pack will enable schools to become part of the UK’s growing green momentum ahead of COP26. The pack includes a Green Assembly guide, along with other ideas and external resources created by experts to help schools engage their students in climate action and wider climate change conversations. There will also be a strong focus on the UK’s student Climate Leaders, the remarkable young people who are going about their lives in quietly revolutionary ways. Whether it’s by recycling, walking to school, or eating seasonal foods, these Climate Leaders are protecting the planet and encouraging others to play their part. This pack will help schools grow and celebrate their own student Climate Leaders, and will share inspiring case studies of schools and young people across the UK who are doing something inspiring to tackle climate change.
Our Climate Our Future, created by WWF and partners, will focus on COP26 and raise awareness and applied understanding of the Summit and climate change amongst young people across the UK. This will also include resources for schools to hold mini climate summits, and workshops to identify and plan individual and school actions. The former will include a fun interactive role-play-based lesson that introduces COP26 and will result in a ‘vision of the future’ created by the students. The latter will result in a ‘School Promise To The Planet’ for each school, setting out plans for the school to contribute positively to the transition to net zero.
NatWest Group’s financial education programme MoneySense is running a Climate Savers competition in partnership with Top Trumps. The competition challenges primary school pupils to design Top Trumps cards showing actions we can take to help save the planet – and maybe save money at the same time. 26 winning designs will be chosen for an exclusive deck of cards to be distributed at COP26, and when submitting entries teachers also have the chance to win up to £15,000 for environmentally sustainable projects at their school. The deadline for teachers to upload entries is 11.59pm 30 September, so get submitting!
If you have an idea for a climate action project you would like to run in your local community, why not apply to the National Lottery Community Fund’s Together for Our Planet Fund, for applications of up to £10k. Open for applications until 18th November 2021.
Information for businesses
We’re inviting businesses from every corner of the UK to join us in the #RaceToZero.
Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying companies, cities, regions, financial, educational, and healthcare institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.
All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.
Individual organisations can join Race to Zero by joining one of the campaign’s Partner Initiatives. There are two main options to consider:
- Larger businesses are invited to join through Business ambition for 1.5 (led by the Science Based Targets initiative in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition).
- Smaller businesses are invited to visit the UK Business Climate Hub to make a small business-friendly commitment to reaching net-zero emissions, and to find out more about practical steps you can start taking today.
For more information on Race to Zero and on how to join, please visit the website.
Thousands of companies have already joined the Race to Zero, and this number is growing rapidly. Join now and be a part of the accelerating transition to a low-carbon world.
For our most up to date resources please visit our toolkit page for ways to get involved, visual assets, social media copy and more!
You’ll find information specific to:
- Together for our Planet
- Local Authorities and Mayors
- Universities and Higher Education Institutes
- Faith and Community Groups
- Civil Society
Share your action
Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet and #OneStepGreener on social media and joining others through the Count Us In campaign.
Cop26 Regional Roadshows
COP26 Regional Roadshows will take place during the fortnight of COP26 across the UK and will mirror themes and events in Glasgow, showcasing and celebrating the work local actors are undertaking on the road to Net Zero. These locally led events are supported by BEIS and delivered by local authorities and other local actors to highlight the amazing work happening at a local level, and to help make COP26 a whole of the UK event.
Find out about the COP26 Regional Roadshows near you and register to attend here:
COP26 Regional Roadshows: Midlands
COP26 Regional Roadshows: North West
COP26 Regional Roadshows: North East
COP26 Regional Roadshows: South West
COP26 Regional Roadshows: South East
COP26 Regional Roadshows: Wales
COP26 Regional Roadshows: Northern Ireland