ARGYLL and Bute Council to host Education Climage Summit next month

By Aileen MacLennan

Schools, voluntary organisations, charities and businesses from across Argyll and Bute will come together next month to host Argyll and Bute Council’s first ever Education Climate Summit.

The event will take place via an online platform on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October – a week before COP 26 – and will see a range key speakers joining forces to raise awareness about a variety of climate change issues.

Each session will last approximately one hour and will include presentations by a wide selection of groups, including The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), local schools, ALIEnergy, Wreckspeditions Dive Charters Ltd, Time for Change Argyll, and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, pictured right, said: “Argyll and Bute Council has signed up to meet Scotland’s target of achieving ‘net zero’ by 2045. We have one of the lowest carbon footprints anywhere in the UK and I firmly believe that if we all make some changes, even small ones, we could become the first local authority to achieve ‘net zero’ per head of population.

“Education is at the very heart of this if we are to succeed and our schools are already doing amazing things to help raise awareness of global issues in our fight against climate change. This summit will be a great opportunity for our communities to come together and showcase what they are doing to make a difference. It will enable us to unite and highlight the challenges we are facing and what we can all do to help overcome them.

“The key speakers taking part in the summit have each geared their presentations towards a specific audience, from school pupils to local businesses, so there really is something to interest everyone. I would encourage everyone to sign up to at least one of the sessions and help us to build a brighter, greener future for all.”

To see the full programme of events and sign up visit: https://bit.ly/Educationclimatesummit2021

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