Rainford hosted its first mock UN Climate conference this week as part of the iCAN project, welcoming delegates from local high schools (including Chesterfield, De La Salle, Rainhill, Sutton and Thornleigh) who engaged in a role-play activity representing different nations from around the world.
Delegates gave speeches outlining the climate crisis in their nations and voted unanimously that immediate action is needed to tackle the climate emergency.
As part of the day, Rainford welcomed guest speakers from public and private sectors who work in creating a more sustainable world including Councillor Manciya Uddin (Labour Councillor for Windle), Michael Wolffe (St Helens climate change officer), Rachel Albrechtl from Veolia Waste, Allison McGuiness from Liverpool ONE and Hannah Branwood from LJMU. The panel discussion included how they are working towards achieving net zero as well as how young people can engage in local politics to make their voices heard.
In the afternoon, students took part in workshops to share ideas on how to create a more sustainable world and devised a plan to take back to their schools.
It was such an empowering event for all involved and hopefully the start of a wider climate action collaboration project between schools in St Helens and Merseyside. Together we can change the world!