On Monday 8th November we (Gabriel Ford Yr12, Tom Jones & Harvey McGrath Yr11) were part of the Edmund Rice team of 11 taking part in a trip to Glasgow to visit the COP26 talks being held.

We departed from Liverpool Lime Street at 7:00am and had to catch two trains, which led us to arrive at Glasgow Central at around 10:30am. Here we met 20 members of the Indonesian Government and the deputy speaker of the senate (Sultan Bachtiar Najamuddin) who talked to us about how they would be speaking at the conference and gave us a copy of their statement.

From the train station, we took a fully electric bus 15 minutes to the Green zone. In the green zone, we took part in many sessions, including educational films in a cinematic dome and informative discussions by panellists from Latin America. Throughout the day, we were asked various questions about what brought us to the conference by lots of people, including German news reporters and even a Spanish radio station.

It was a very informative day. We learned how we can make greener options a lot more efficiently and how we can apply them into our own lives and how we can incorporate them into our school lives.

We departed from Glasgow at 6:40pm and unfortunately due to delays on our second train at Preston we didn't get back to Lime Street till 11:00pm. It was a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience to be able to contribute to the ever-growing important topic of climate change and be able to act as voices for students across the world who couldn't make it there.

Tom Jones
Year 11