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Climate change –<br />

causes and solutions<br />

The Leys Primary School & Kathmandu English School

Our two schools have formed a strong partnership through our involvement in<br />

the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.<br />

When discussing what to next collaborate on it was noted<br />

that the United Nations’ summit on climate change (COP26)<br />

was scheduled to take place in the UK later this year so we<br />

decided to focus on Sustainable Development Goal No. <strong>13</strong><br />

(Climate Action).<br />

COP stands for Conference of the Parties and will be attended by countries<br />

that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change<br />

(UNFCCC) – a treaty signed in 1994. The 2021 meeting will be the 26 th<br />

meeting, which is why it’s called COP26.<br />

This school collaborative project explores the multiple causes of climate change<br />

and the approaches that are being taken to tackle it. In order to provide focus<br />

and connection to the issues, waste management is used as the main discussion<br />

point as it is something that communities all over the world can change –<br />

today and tomorrow.

World carbon emissions (2015)<br />

Country sizes adjusted to reflect amount of CO 2 emission

Next, students wrote<br />

short stories to<br />

highlight how plastics<br />

can end up in our<br />

rivers and oceans.

‘I Got Garbage’ is a project made possible by one person’s<br />

idea being invested in by local, then regional organisations.<br />

It started with a single town where the local rag pickers<br />

were given uniforms and asked to collect rubbish directly<br />

from apartments, business and hotels and sort it into wet<br />

and dry recycling, and ‘reject’ (landfill). The local collectors<br />

then take the wet and dry recycling to centres where they<br />

are paid a fair wage for the amount they collect.<br />

Click on logo to show short film

Tackling waste creatively<br />

Students next learnt about the work of the<br />

Ecobrick initiative which tackles the problem of<br />

how to recycle waste by packing it into plastic<br />

bottles which are then used as building blocks that<br />

can be used multiple times.

Click on image to start short film<br />

Ecobricks are a simple,<br />

low-tech solution to our<br />

plastic that follows the<br />

Earth’s ancient example<br />

in carbon care. They put<br />

our waste plastic to<br />

good use in short- and<br />

long-term applications<br />

that are circular and<br />

kind to the environment.

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