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School Energy Management students present at the UN Climate Conference

The students represented different countries, as they negotiated and bargained with other countries in an attempt to move the world forward in its fight against climate change.

Not the actual conference of course but a model conference based on the United Nations Climate 'COP 22' Conference in Marakkech, Morocco. The event was organised by InterClimate Network, an organisation who work with young people, inspiring them to become active citizens and leaders in sustainable, low carbon, economic development.

The students represented different countries, as they negotiated and bargained with other countries in an attempt to move the world forward in its fight against climate change. It was great to see the students so engaged and taking their roles so seriously. I did feel sorry for the team who had to represent the USA the day after the US elections though!

Following the negotiations, students we have been working with on the sem@schools project presented an outline of the project and the work they have completed so far. This included their recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of their schools which was used as a basis for discussions on steps other schools could take to do the same.

They presented confidently and the other schools were really impressed by what they had managed to achieve through taking part in the project. Let’s hope that the attendees of the conference in Marakkech come out feeling as inspired and optimistic as I did!

To find out more about the sem@schools project, please visit www.sematschools.eu or for the latest project updates check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sematschools.eu.

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