The Global Conversation LIVE event!

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On May 11th Global Conversation students took part in a very special LIVE online session!

There were over 250 logins to the call and lots of people dialled in from their classrooms. We estimate that in total, around 600 students were online!

We had the chance to award SIX special students with certificates for an outstanding contribution to the Global Conversation. Congratulations again to... open_knowledge, focused_river, spontaneous_molecule, protective_dusk, dynamic_bilberry and appreciative_tree.

We also watched this video from Global Conversation classrooms across the globe!


It was excellent to hear from two experts. Go here to watch their answers!

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I can't tell you how many of the real senior decision-makers we speak to who say "we've heard people marching and speaking outside of our Parliament and it made us stop and it made us think"

Chris Hopkins on how marching can make a difference


And finally, we asked you to post your questions for students in a different country to you. We have selected some from the chat.

Have a go at answering the questions in the comments section below.
Username and country My question is to... My question...
enlightened_leaf, England Nigeria How is climate change affecting you?
observant_sparrow, Tunisia UK How does your country combat greenwashing?
admirable_camel, England Pakistan How does your country help stop climate change?
Ormiston, England Tunisia What is your climate like after the covid 19 pandemic, and has it changed positively?
Palestine Ghana I wonder how politically unstable areas can combat pollution?
Manor Park, England Nepal How has the weather changed over time? And how would your rate the effect of climate change?

Watch the highlights here!

Comments (16)

  • global-conversation.png assured_computer | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    Am answering enlightened_leaf from England.I live in Nigeria i experience that the weather here is hot and not friendly, climate change is really affecting us but many people do

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  • global-conversation.png assured_computer | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    Sorry it was a mistakeAm answering enlightened_leaf from England.I live in Nigeria i experience that the weather here is hot and not friendly, climate change is really affecting us but many people don't know the cause of the harsh weather.

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    1. global-conversation.png cheerful_fish | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      assured_computer's comment 13 May 2021

      So, I think after the reading we have done through this HUB as well as the connecting with others from different people; it is our role - each in his/her- country to pass our knowledge, ideas to them. So no more people do not know about why the weather becomes that harsh. Do you agree?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg friendly_kiwifruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    11 May 2021

    Answering the question: How does your country combat greenwashing? In my opinion, we will try to stop greenwashing by checking the back of the label and do not believe everything green we see. What we can also do is be aware of adverts we also see. The company can also decide if they want to put eco-friendly on the back of the label when it is not actual eco-friendly. It can also lead to people miss buying products

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  • global-conversation.png proactive_studio | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    12 May 2021

    It is affecting us a lot for example freak weather

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  • global-conversation.png hardworking_truth | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    12 May 2021

    Dear enlightened_leaf, climate change has affected us in Nigeria by causing major rivers and lakes to shrink, like the Lake Chad  which has shrunk by 90% since the 1960s due to overuse and climate change effects. (https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2019-march-2020/drying-lake-chad-basin-gives-rise-crisis#:~:text=But%20the%20Lake%20Chad%20%E2%80%9CBasin,overuse%20and%20climate%20change%20effects). Also there is an increase in desert encroachment, drought and flooding. This has led to increased violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen. In the coastal regions, there is rising sea levels like the famous Bar beach which often over flooded its banks causing death and destruction.
    Over the previous years the cold seasons used to be as cold as 15degrees celsius, in Kaduna. This year however, the lowest in January was 17degrees celsius.

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  • global-conversation.png freespirited_power | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    12 May 2021

    Thank you BNC for hosing that online session, and a big well done to experts Chris Hopkins and Najma Mohammed for spending a little of their time to have this session with us. I'm really grateful and can't wait for the the next online session! 😀

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  • global-conversation.png fair_pigeon | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    12 May 2021

    First I want to the Thank the Staff who organised yesterday 's live meeting. It looked like a celebration of our efforts. All of us felt awarded.
    My answser to Ormiston England : Tunisia like many other countries has seen some signs of changes during these periods of lockdown. For example we saw dolphins appearing again near some beaches as they felt safer. Also because some factories stopped for a while we had clearer view in the morning while driving to school. But to be honest we saw more trash in some places especially the face masks everywhere in streets and even in the sea. I don't think change can happen that quickly or just because of the pandemic. The issue is deeper than this and requires a real long work to reduce pollution. We still have lack of political determination to consider climate change as a priority. We are doing well in our schools learning about this and taking small actions which certainly matter but we need more support from decisions maker and more investment in solar energy as our country is most of the year sunny.

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    1. global-conversation.png cheerful_fish | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      fair_pigeon's comment 13 May 2021

      Very clear response. Thanks. You have mentioned that there is a lake of political determination in the issue and then you mentioned that you are doing well at school about that. Let me tell you that Your first statement, I think, in contemporary to the second; Because everything starts with planning, Schools do not take great attention to the issue without the decision of politicals. I can see that they start with education in your country. Their plan would be 10-year plan alittle less or more. So, the results can't appear rapidly. Just do your main role, that you've already started learning and leading.

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  • global-conversation.png dedicated_philosophy | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    12 May 2021

    Hi I am from Tunisia and I live in Tunis the capital.
    After two months of quarantine last year , people began to gradually return to their jobs in June , back then the weather was so sweet and lovely , it was warm but not really hot , the summer has passed fine , there weren't some sizzling summer temperatures and generally I didn't hear a person complaining about the high temperature . Soon after , to make up the losses , factories have stepped up work , indifferent to the pollution it causes . The air came back to how it was : poisoned . This winter was pretty normal , fortunately , there were no floods this year , but , unfortunately , it didn't rain as much as it usually does so there were some concerns that the agricultural crop would decline .
    Since last month , it has been getting warmer , we're seeing a significant rise in temperatures . I hope this summer will pass with least damage .
    I wish people around the world would pay more attention to global warming and start respect mother earth . I hope the world will overcome this epidemiological situation and start building back their economy again but this time building it back greener .

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  • global-conversation.png powerful_opinion | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    12 May 2021

    What I have noticed is the heat (temperature) has increased .The Cold was just a few days and it was mild and now the raining season has not even started in some areas .Alot of deforestation ,Dessert encroachment and drought.
    I remember my Grand father who is a farmer complained of poor harvest .Now that we are in the fastings period ,I stay indoors because I can't bear the heat.Once it's time to break my fast I drink plenty water sometimes I can't even eat much because of the water intake.The second day of rain there was almost flood in the area I live people had to come out under the rain and clean gutters because the gutters were blocked with dirt. Thank God we are on Holiday so I just stay indoors to avoid the heat coupled with fasting .I wouldn't have energy to concentrate in school ,I would just be laying on my desk.I even sometimes lay on the floor to feel the cold when there's no power supply( electricity).

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  • global-conversation.png helpful_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    12 May 2021

    Hi. I am from Tunisia. Last year everything was closed because of quarantine so the factories that are big pollutants were shut and people didn’t use their cars. Therefore, they stopped releasing toxic gases that pollute the air and it became clean and healthy. Also, we've noticed some other changes like the return of some sea creatures like dolphins and turtles to some of our beaches because they felt safer in absence of the hunters. We also saw that the surface of vegetation has increased but that didn't last long because when the life has returned to normal, the factories have doubled their production to make up the losses without caring about the environment so they've destroyed in a short while all the progress that we made in the quarantine and the government didn't care about that.
    Not only the factories are guilty but also the people are who are carelessly throwing their rubbish everywhere. So because of these acts, the climate has changed for example last winter wasn't as cold as normal on the contrary it was a bit hot and that has affected the sector of farming but that is also the case of almost all the countries worldwide .
    I hope that summer will pass with least damage and for this we have to show more respect to the environment.

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  • global-conversation.png hilarious_attitude | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    12 May 2021

    My answer is to enlightended_leaf the the climate change experience in Nigeria are deficit rainfall and too much of sun

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    1. global-conversation.png cheerful_fish | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      hilarious_attitude's comment 13 May 2021

      Sometimes people can adapt with the changes for example deficit rainfall and too much sun might let people think of different
      Crops that need such circumstances to grow.l, like palmtrees and Stevia. Others stand to face the problem. What do you think your country's plan adaptation or facing through building back greener ?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg adaptable_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    20 May 2021

    Answering: How is your climate effecting you?
    Although I am currently not living in Nigeria ,I am still a fully fledged Nigerian citizen and I like to stay up to date on my country and my roots.

    To answer this question Nigeria usually has a tropical climate and it comes either rainy or dry depending on where you live and where you go for holiday. It is hot and wet most time of the year in the southeast but dry in southwest and father... in the far north it receives no more then 500mm of rain a year.
    I hope this answered your question!!!

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  • Penketh Primary Logo adventurous_raisin | Penketh Primary School
    24 May 2021

    Dear BNC,
    The summers in the UK are getting more hot each year so climate change is impacting the UK by a lot. Also, sorry if this does not make sense or comes across weird or rude, but what is The Global Conversation LIVE event?
    Adventurous_raisin xoxo

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