Education Group

Local Action and Global Challenge Conference

Friday 16 March 2012

4.00 – 7.00 pm, at Pangbourne Village Hall

Pangbourne & Whitchurch Sustainability Group (PAWS) and InterClimate Network (ICN) invite you to participate in this exciting conference to link local actions on sustainability in Pangbourne and Whitchurch with global efforts to combat climate change.

Your group will have a unique opportunity during Climate Change Week to join with other young people from local schools, uniformed organisations and youth groups in the area to discover more about climate change and make known your points of view. The conference offers a fun and challenging way to:

  • discover more about sustainability issues and how we can become more sustainable in our everyday lives
  • find inspiration from local, national and international organisations and individuals working on sustainability
  • experience at first-hand international negotiations and decision making around climate change work
  • put forward your thoughts and ideas on sustainability to the Pangbourne and Whitchurch Village Planners through a democratic forum
  • Participants:


Local Schools

Guides and Scouts

Local Youth Groups

Local Church Groups

Peter McManners, author & writer on climate change issues

Prof. Sir Brian Hoskins, FRS, Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College

Dr Rosalind Cornforth, Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading


Local politicians and councillors

“It made me realise global warming isn’t just about switching a light bulb off!”

Participant at Reading Model Climate Conference, Dec 2011

The format:

4.00 Start with drink and cake

4.15 Model UN Climate Conference – teams from each school and youth group take on the role of a particular country, and negotiate a new international agreement on climate change, facilitated by InterClimate Network UK team.

5.30 The local and the global – input from local people involved in global sustainability work. 

5.50 Local action - Inspired by examples of action by young people around the world, you decide what you can do locally to make a difference, and also suggest what you think should be included in the Village Plans.

6.45 Conference round-up, action planning and proposed next steps-

local politicians and councillors will be invited to join in.

7.00 Close

Country team details

The Model Climate Conference element will require teams of 3 – 5 young people, each taking on the role of a particular country. We will provide each team with a specific briefing to enable them to research and prepare a short introductory statement of their country’s position. There will be space for about 20 teams, but you can also bring additional participants who can support and observe.

What to do if you are interested?

Please email Jackie and Helen below as soon as possible, and by Friday 27th January at the latest, with an estimate of how many participants, including how many country teams you are likely to bring. We will get back to you and confirm the spaces, and then we will need definite numbers by Friday 10th Feb. We will send you all the country information and detailed joining instructions by 29th February.

More info and contact details

Pictures and info on ICN Model Conferences:



Jackie Hoskins, PAWS - 0118 9841308, e:

Helen Garforth, ICN - 0118 9582233, e:


This event is co-hosted by InterClimate Network (ICN) as part of a project called Young Change-Makers funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through its Development Awareness Fund Mini Grants Scheme.

Yound people forum
young forum 2

Alok Sharma MP and the Theale Green School Team

young forum 3

Bishop of Reading, Rt Revd Andrew Proud

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