Haberdashers’ Monmouth School Leads the Way in Climate Education

June 21, 2024

In preparation for ‘Local to Global’, the inaugural Sustainability Conference at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School in partnership with ACE (30 June – 2 July), students and staff have been training to become Climate FRESK facilitators. This workshop, one of the largest climate change awareness events in Wales, will position Monmouthshire as the most well-equipped county in Wales for delivering Climate FRESK.

FRESK was founded by climate educator Cedric Ringenbach in France in 2018 to raise public awareness of climate change. Climate FRESK is a 3-hour interactive workshop that guides students through the sometimes daunting reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global authority on climate science, and teaches them how everyone, of whatever age, can take action and make a difference.

‘Local to Global’ will welcome more than 200 pupils from local primary schools in Monmouthshire and students from other Haberdashers’ schools.

In preparation, A level geography students from HMS and members of staff, have undertaken specialist training so that they can act as facilitators at the climate change workshop on 1 July.

Tom Deacon, the FRESK coordinator in Wales, who undertook the training for HMS and will run the workshop, said: ‘It has been exciting to work with the Haberdashers’ group to prepare them for helping to run this valuable workshop. Not only will it be one of the biggest climate change workshops in Wales, but the facilitators will probably be the youngest, and I am confident it will stimulate inspirational climate change action.’

The keynote speech at ‘Local to Global’ will be given on 1 July by Kate Humble, TV presenter and writer, and local farmer.

The conference will take place at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School, located in Monmouth on the banks of the River Wye. Sessions will include deforestation, sustainability and food, nature discoveries (including bees, hedgehogs and owls) and the launch of the Monmouthshire Mammal Citizen Science Project which will encourage young people across the county to monitor, track and protect local mammals.

If you would like to attend the conference, please contact: muir.bish@habsmonmouth.org

For a detailed look at each day’s events, please click on the links below
Conference Programme