In the lead up to COP26 we wanted individuals, schools and young people, local communities, businesses and organisations from across the country to be able to get involved.

In the lead up to COP26 we wanted individuals, schools and young people, local communities, businesses and organisations from across the country to get involved.

We shared information, resources and even created the Together For Our Planet Fund to encourage nationwide climate action.

People made their action count and inspired others to do their bit by sharing what they were doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet and #OneStepGreener on social media, and joined others through the Count Us In campaign.

We also hosted COP26 Regional Roadshows which took place throughout the duration of COP26. These mirrored the themes and events taking place in Glasgow, and showcased the work local actors were taking on the road to Net Zero. The locally-led events were 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 involve the whole of the UK in COP26.

Schools and Young People

The Together for our Planet campaign and WWF worked together to deliver two climate change packs to schools across the UK ahead of COP26.

The Together for our Planet Schools Pack enabled 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 was 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 helped schools grow and celebrate their own student Climate Leaders, and shared 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, focussed COP26 and raised awareness and applied understanding of the Summit and climate change amongst young people across the UK. It included resources for schools to hold mini climate summits and workshops to identify and plan individual and school actions.

NatWest Group’s financial education programme MoneySense ran a Climate Savers competition in partnership with Top Trumps. The competition challenged 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 were chosen for an exclusive deck of cards to be distributed at COP26, and when submitting entries teachers also had the chance to win up to £15,000 for environmentally sustainable projects at their school.

Information for Businesses

We invited 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.