Do you want to learn about climate justice and ethical trade? Do you want to raise your voice during the international climate conference, COP26? Do you want to gain confidence and hone your presentation, communication and teambuilding skills? Then Climate Justice Now is for you!
This collaborative, interactive programme led by experts is open to all students from Bournemouth University and Middlesex University London. Over a six-week period, you will work in teams with the support of experts to explore the current state of the climate crisis, Fairtrade, and climate justice. Using the knowledge and skills you develop, you will then join our Climate Justice Now Debate on November 10th, during COP26, to debate the motion “Fairtrade is a critical part of any plan for tackling climate change”.
What will the sessions look like?
You will be directly supported by a staff member at your university and sessions will be led by climate and injustice communication experts. Sessions will involve a mix of presentations, discussions and working time for your team.
Session 1: Welcome & introduction to topic
Session 2: Fairtrade, COP26 & forming an argument
Session 3: Debating 101 & structuring your argument
Session 4: How to present & refining your argument
The Debate: November 10th, 7pm – 9pm
Session 5: Programme and COP26 reflection
I’m nervous about debating, can I still take part?
Yes! The programme is open to those who are comfortable public speaking and those who prefer the behind-the-scenes work – it’s all important. At the Debate, a maximum of four students per team will be able to present, so if you’re more comfortable researching, writing the script or coordinating the team, you’re welcome!
What are the benefits of debating?
Debating may seem scary, but we will support you throughout the programme to develop your skills and confidence. Debating can improve your ability to structure and organize thoughts, develop analytical and critical thinking and improve your research skills. You’ll also, in drafting a script and presenting, develop your communications skills and ability to form balanced, evidence-based arguments that appeal to your audience. These skills are not only useful in debating, but across your personal and professional life.
What will we debate?
The motion is “Fairtrade is a critical part of any plan for tackling climate change”.
Will this be in-person or virtual?
The bulk of the programme will be virtual, as students will be joining from Bournemouth and London, plus our speakers are located across the country however a lot of time will be spent working in your teams, so you can choose whether these are virtual or in-person, depending on what suits your team. If everyone is based locally and keen for in-person workshops, we could look at offering a hybrid where the speakers join virtually.
Are they any requirements to sign up?
The only requirements are that you are keen to learn about climate justice and commit to supporting your team throughout the whole programme. No previous knowledge is expected and we particularly welcome those whose voices are historically underrepresented in the climate movement to participate.
How many spaces are there and how can I apply?
This programme is open to eight students from each university, who will work collaboratively to develop an argument for the University Debate. Applications close 30th September.