As Tomorrow’s Engineers Week comes to an end, thousands of secondary school students have sent a resounding message to decision makers about the ideas needed to help meet net zero targets.
The students, who took part in a Schools COP organised as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (8 to 12 November 2021), have discussed how engineers can help the country meet net zero.
Ideas included ways that engineers can help efforts to improve biodiversity on land and at sea and the development of self-sufficient agri-biomes for farm animals to capture methane so it can be converted into an energy source.
The ideas were initially developed at a summit of more than 70 students from over 30 schools, held on 13 October. Over 24,000 students registered for the event and more have since debated the ideas in the classrooms as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.
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Over 27,000 students have also watched films of inspiring engineers who are helping to tackle climate change on Snapchat and TikTok.
Engineers featured in the films included Jaz Rabadia MBE, who is helping businesses reduce the amount of energy they use and lower their carbon footprint. Jaz said:
“When deciding about what I should study at university, I researched engineering and I realised how important it is in making a difference to the world and to bettering people's lives. I knew then that, by studying engineering, I could help make a difference.”
The ninth Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek21) took place from 8 to 12 November 2021 with a lesson plan and teaching resources available for schools to take part in the Schools COP discussions.
A packed calendar also saw engineering professionals showcase the impact their jobs have on meeting net zero. Meanwhile, institutions, employers and schools came together to deliver inspiring activities to give young people the opportunity to discuss solutions to the climate crisis.
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