17 of our Lower Sixth pupils took part in a virtual model United Nations event with 23 schools from across four continents on the issue of climate change.
The event, titled Good COP Bad COP, involved around 200 pupils from the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Nigeria and Ireland, who all debated the climate resolutions agreed at the COP28 summit in UAE at the end of last year.
The model UN conference – the third annual gathering of its type – was organised by UK-based educational charity Engage with China, which seeks to build China-literacy and develop global awareness in UK schools. The aim of the event was to enable pupils to develop a greater understanding of what is involved in fighting climate change, and to give schools around the world the opportunity to connect to share varied perspectives on this global issue.
During the conference, pupils represented countries other than their own, with Marlborough College pupils representing the interests of Bangladesh and the EU. Before splitting into specific virtual rooms to debate different aspects of climate change, each delegation gave introductions and presentations summarising the views of the nation they were representing. Marlborough College delegate George M talked of the importance of understanding that climate change was affecting different countries at different rates and reinforced the view that industrialised nations have a heightened responsibility to do what they can to support those who are less developed.
Our pupils were supported throughout the event by Richard Willmett from the Politics Department, who said: ‘The event was an excellent opportunity for pupils to connect with others from different cultures and backgrounds on a topic that affects us all. Engaging and enjoyable debate was seen on all six of the different resolutions and there were a great number of impressive performances on show from both Marlburians and the other delegations. Particular mention must be made of Alice D and Sophia K, who successfully proposed the resolution concerning a sustainable fashion industry from the perspective of the EU. They were thoughtful, resolute and convincing. George M and Xanthe H should also be recognised for leading the delegation’s presentational contributions so well at either end of the conference. The event was a really positive experience and one which we will certainly replicate in the future’.
Congratulations to all the Lower Sixth pupils involved – Joly C, Tom D, Alice DRDB, James F, Arthur G-H, Xanthe H, Alfie I, Sophia K, Charlotte L, Daisy L-J, Olivia L, George M, Mimi M, Bella M, Annie R, Martha S and Pranya T.