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Climate and COP26 Q&A with Highland schools judged a success as Education Committee Chairman John Finlayson says 'it is encouraging that young people in Highland are engaging with the Climate Change agenda and asking really vital questions'


By Scott Maclennan

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Locals pupils Q&A on climate change efforts.
Locals pupils Q&A on climate change efforts.

Highland school pupils have been learning more about climate change thanks to online Q&A sessions held by members of Highland Council’s Climate Change Team.

The aftermath of COP26 sparked many questions from teachers and pupils about climate change and the conference which took place in Glasgow.

The council’s Climate Change Coordinators, Joe Perry and Katie Andrews, gave two presentations which were open to schools across the region on the issues raised.

The virtual events took place before the school holidays and over 16 classes from schools across Highlands attended, including Cromarty, Ben Wyvis and Smithton with questions from Culbokie, Applecross and North Kessock Primaries.

The coordinators outlined the basics of climate change – what it is, why it is happening, what it means for the Highlands and how teachers and pupils can take action and about the importance of COP26 and its outcomes.

The session ended with a Q&A where pupils could ask questions about climate change, including questions from Culbokie, Applecross and North Kessock Primary Schools.

Chairman of the Education Committee Councillor John Finlayson said: “It is encouraging that young people in Highland are engaging with the Climate Change agenda and asking really vital questions.

“I’d like to offer my thanks to the team involved in the delivery of the virtual Q&A and hope it will be the catalyst for more educational events hosted by the Climate Change and Energy team in the not-too-distant future.”

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