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TOGETHER FOR OUR PLANET – THE UK’S YEAR OF CLIMATE ACTION

We cannot afford to wait to act against the threat of climate change. We must work together to protect our planet and people and ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all.

The UK will host the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 with our partners Italy in November 2021 to bring together world leaders to commit to urgent global climate action.

But each of us has a part to play. That’s why, in the run up to the summit, we’ll be working closely with businesses, civil society groups, schools and people across the UK as part of our conversation on tackling climate change.

Many people from all over the UK are already doing their bit on climate change, from the engineers working on the offshore wind farms now powering our homes and businesses, to local initiatives encouraging children and parents to walk to school. We want to celebrate them and inspire more to join them.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Information for businesses
We’re inviting 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.

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

The Together for our Planet Schools Pack will enable 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 will also be 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 will help schools grow and celebrate their own student Climate Leaders, and will share 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, will focus on COP26 and raise awareness and applied understanding of the Summit and climate change amongst young people across the UK. This pack will also include resources for schools to hold mini climate summits, and workshops to identify and plan individual and school actions. The former will include a fun interactive role-play-based lesson that introduces COP26 and will result in a ‘vision of the future’ created by the students. The latter will result in a ‘School Promise To The Planet’ for each school, setting out plans for the school to contribute positively to the transition to net zero. 

National Grid is running the Voices for a Green Future competition to find out what you would do to help solve climate change and look after the planet. They are asking school pupils aged from 7-15, school years 3-10, across the UK to share their hopes and ambitions for a greener, more sustainable future. Entering the competition and having your voice heard is simple! All you have to do is craft and submit no more than 200 words on how you would look after the planet if you were in charge. Four winners will be invited to turn their 200-word submission into a 2-5 minute speech that they will be filmed delivering. These digital speeches will be showcased virtually at COP26 in November 2021. The closing date for the Voices for a Green Future competition is 17 August 2021, so get creating!

nationalgrid.com/voicesforagreenfuture

Share your action
Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet on all social media platforms and joining others through the Count Us In campaign.

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