ISB COP26 CONFERENCE
To mark the COP26 Conference in Glasgow (1 - 12 Nov), seen by many as one of the last moments in which the world’s nations can come together to meaningfully tackle climate change, the ISB Senior School held a similar UN-style conference to give students the chance to make our voices heard. Each student represented a country, and after the Opening Ceremony with guest speakers, gathered in conference groups for morning debates on Curtailing Deforestation, Protecting and Restoring Ecosystems and Investing in Renewables and afternoon conversations on Phasing Out of Coal and The Switch to Electric Vehicles.
Protecting and Restoring Ecosystems
Examples of past successful strategies in ecosystem protection, such as space satellites to monitor ecosystem change, were shared by the United States of America and the Canada delegations, among others. It was underlined how many countries and species relied on these ecosystems, including Switzerland where the alps take up 60 percent of the country.
Investment in Renewables
Opening speeches gave delegates a better understanding of what countries were willing to do, what they were already doing and how far they were willing to compromise, while protecting their country’s best interests. The delegate of China, for example, fought for a solution that would keep their economy running. The final resolution called for teamwork between countries and the need for investments, especially from higher income countries to lower income countries.
Phasing out of Coal
We had a lively debate between Costa Rica, China and Brazil. In the end the majority voted for a resolution submitted by New Zealand, working with Costa Rica, focused on encouraging companies and countries to use, sell and trade renewable energy instead of coal.
The Switch to Electric Vehicles
Poland’s opening speech highlighted the country’s strong progress towards the switch to EV’s. Constructive discussion and collaboration led to a joint decision by the country delegations to move slowly but consistently towards 100% use of electric vehicles in all countries in the future.
We were glad to have the opportunity to debate, express our opinions and see the challenges involved in reaching consensus around difficult issues.
By Jade Dickinson