Students in UK summit on how engineering can address climate change

Students in UK summit on how engineering can address climate change

by Henry James (October 2021)

TWO students from Deyes High School in Maghull, have taken part in a national summit designed to explore ways engineers can help achieve net zero.

Deyes High students Oliver Cragg and Emily Dow were among more than 50 pupils from across the UK who came together for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Schools COP Summit.

The aim was to explore how engineers are at the heart of addressing the climate crisis.

They heard from engineers at the forefront of reducing the effects of climate change and then held discussions that mirrored those being held at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow.

All attendees were given the opportunity to focus on areas of interest, such as protecting wildlife from the worst effects of climate change or motivating more young people to be more eco-conscious.

They brainstormed ideas for how engineering can reduce the carbon footprint of the UK and how they can make an impact on reaching net zero themselves.

Deyes High School engineering teacher Mr Norbury, said: “Our students were pleased that they could contribute with their ideas on plastic waste reduction whilst gaining insight into other ways in which we can work towards carbon zero.

“It was inspirational hearing so many great ideas and suggestions from all of the young people involved, there is hope for the future!”

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive of Engineering UK, which organises Tomorrow’s Engineers Week said: “We really appreciated students from Deyes High School sharing their thoughts with us at the Schools COP Summit as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

“Engineers will be central to finding solutions to the climate emergency we are all facing.

“We need more engineers to bring their perspectives and skills together to help us work out how to generate affordable and sustainable energy, predict and address extreme weather events and prepare our cities for the future.”

The Schools COP Summit will be available for all schools to watch as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week on Monday, November 8 and help them to host their own discussions with students.

A nationwide poll of schools will then reveal the most popular recommendations on how to achieve net zero.

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