On 7th 8th and 9th November, in the Sergio Arboleda University, Saint George’s School in conjunction with CLIC (Movement of Latin American and Caribbean Youth and Climate Change in Colombia) hosted the event COPinBogotá. This movement seeks to galvanize young people into taking care of the environment. Several schools took part in this event, among them: Santa Francisca Romana, Gimnasio La Montana, Santa Maria, Gimnasio los Portales, IDE Miravalle and SEK- Trinidad del Monte.
The Conference of Parties (COP) is organised annually by the United Nations to evaluate the climate change mitigation, to discuss the Kyoto Protocol and to seek strategies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses (GEI). COPinMyCity, is a project organised by young people to make the general public aware of these conferences, while at the same time educating and promoting action in the face of climate change.
This year COPinBogotá assembled over 80 ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students to work in committees of Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance and Technology; this as a means to approach the international discussions on climate change and/or the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Furthermore, several lectures were present, among them our headmaster Jaime Acosta, a committed campaigner for the care of our planet and all living things; Isabel Cavalier, the President of Transforma and Senior Advisor to Mission 2020; and Sergio Bustos the Youth Environmental Leader.
Saint George’s School will make known the conclusions of COPinBogotá 2018 to COP24 that will take place in Poland from 3rd to 14th December 2018.
A special thank you to all the students who took part for their commitment and hard work. Likewise, to Miss Marina Larrahondo, head of the Natural Science department and to Ana Maria Acosta, the SGS Environmental Consultant who organised and managed the event. We also wish to thank The Sergio Arboleda University for allowing the use of their premises, Siempre Colombia for the organization and of course Saint George’s School for their academic and logistical support.