Moray House School of Education and Sport

The first Scottish COP28 Climate Negotiation Simulation Event

Moray House and Learning for Sustainability Scotland hosted this role-playing event in the lead-up to COP28.

Moray House was excited to co-host this simulation event with Learning for Sustainability Scotland, Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. Learning for Sustainability Scotland is based at Moray House and recognised by United Nations University.  Head of School, Professor David Smith, welcomed delegates to the debate organised in the run-up to the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). This conference was the first in a series of events by the British Council, part of the Schools Connect programme for schools in the UK and across the world.

During the event, pupils took part in a role-playing exercise, acting as politicians, journalists and lobbyists, allowing them to experience what it’s like to negotiate for a climate deal that would keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.  Students who took part were between 16 and 18 years old, from schools across Edinburgh, West Lothian and East Ayrshire. Students from an international school in Egypt joined online. 

Attendees also heard from Peter Brown, Director of British Council Scotland, and a keynote from Lucia Ramon Mateo, Learning for Sustainability lead at Scottish Government. 

The University is running a two-week course parallel with the conference. It invites you to explore what COP28 is and its importance, enabling you to think about how to add your voice to the call for collective action for a sustainable future. 


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Learning for Sustainability Scotland

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP28

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