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Children in London will take part in a week of climate activities

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced plans for a week of climate activities for schools across London. 

Thanks to the Climate Kick-Start fund, all London secondary schools will receive a free Key Stage 3 lesson resource, curated by the Museum of London. 

Schools can bid for £10,000 worth of funding each to kick-start or accelerate environmental projects.

Smaller grants of £500 – £2,000 are also available for schools to help run events during the week, this can help to cover the cost of equipment or specialist facilitators. 

The project is backed by Bloomberg L.P. and Let’s Go Zero 2030. It is part of a series of programmes aimed at engaging young people in climate ambitions ahead of COP26. 

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘If we don’t take bold action now on the climate emergency, it’s London’s young people who will feel the worst impacts. The Climate Kick-Start will give London’s youth the chance to be heard.

‘Whether it’s designing sustainable clothing to reduce waste or planting trees to help our city adapt to our changing climate, I want to hear the best ideas from London’s young people on the small and big changes we must all make to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.’

Jemma Read, global head of corporate philanthropy at Bloomberg L.P. added: ‘Tackling climate change is not only one of our greatest challenges but also an opportunity to spur innovation. Through our work with young people across the capital, we know that London’s schools are full of smart, ambitious students determined to create equitable and sustainable change through local action.

‘We’re proud to build on our partnership with the Mayor of London to help accelerate powerful ideas and support the local leadership necessary to protecting our planet.’

Photo by Brooke Cagle

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