Scotland’s Climate Week is underway and as the country prepares to welcome the world leaders to COP26 in Glasgow in November, school pupils in Dundee and Angus will being given the chance to show how they would lead the world towards a greener, net zero life if they were world leaders.
The competition is being run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and is funded by the Seagreen Wind Farm which is currently under construction 27km off the Angus coast.
Seagreen is a joint venture between TotalEnergies and SSE Renewables, the latter of which is a principal partner of the UK Government in its delivery of COP26 in Glasgow.
When complete, Seagreen will be Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, providing a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition and enough clean, renewable energy to power 1.6 million homes.
Pupils in Dundee & Angus from primary 6 to 3rd year are being given the challenge to design posters about the following: If you were a world leader, what would you do to transition your community towards a greener, net-zero life? What changes would you make?
Stakeholder Manager for Seagreen, Pauline Allison said:
“Scotland’s Climate Week is the perfect time to launch this competition and to ask young people in Dundee & Angus to think about the climate emergency and how they can be the difference.
“The Seagreen team and our JV partners SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies are keen to help young people understand the difference that the Seagreen wind farm will make but also that we all have a continuing role to play in securing the planet’s future.
“As part of the competition, we’re looking forward to welcoming students to a virtual workshop to learn about their individual carbon footprint, and to understand the ideas of net zero and achieving zero carbon emissions.”
Steven Brown, Education and Events Lead for EDT said:
“We are delighted to offer this opportunity to young people across Dundee & Angus, and to provide a COP26 learning experience for them in their local context. COP26 is more than just a 2 week conference, and we hope that the students are inspired to continue on a journey of becoming changemakers that protect our planet and help us all to live more sustainably.”
Each student that enters could win one of twenty £20 online shopping vouchers and have the chance to attend an event at Dundee Science Centre during COP26, where they will have their poster displayed.
The competition is part of a £73,000 education programme which will give over 3,000 children in Dundee and Angus the opportunity to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) funded by Seagreen Wind Energy.
27km off the coast of Angus
The programme uses fun and educational activities, delivered by EDT to teach young people about the renewable energy sector and the STEM careers open to them in the industry when they are older.
Seagreen and SSE Renewables are also supporting the programme as STEM ambassadors to help bring STEM and wind energy careers to life for young people.
The deadline for poster submissions is Friday 29 October, Many schools have already confirmed their participation but teachers in the Dundee & Angus area who would like to enter should contact email@example.com for more information.