Anglian Water to showcase East Anglian youth voices at COP26
10 November 2021
Anglian Water has teamed up with schools in East Anglia to create two short films which will be featured at COP26 this week, sharing students’ visions for the future and their ideas on how to tackle climate change.
Anglian Water, alongside Mott MacDonald and the coalition leading the Water Pavilion is a co-lead of the Water theme in the COP26 Resilience Hub.
The Resilience Hub is a virtual and physical presence created for the Glasgow Climate Conference – the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the Climate Convention – to put the spotlight on resilience and adaptation to climate change. The Nature: Water theme seeks to highlight how governments, organisations and businesses across the world are responding to the increased risk of droughts and flooding, to enable communities to thrive in a warming world.
Anglian Water has partnered with three local schools to create two films, which will be premiered in the prestigious Blue Zone at COP, where world delegations are meeting to discuss and negotiate climate change efforts.
The first film: Youth Voices from Nepal and the UK, features two schools, West Walton Primary School and University Technical College Norfolk, alongside children from a school in Lahan, Nepal. It was created in partnership with Anglian Water’s Education Team and water charity WaterAid and features young people’s perspectives on water, their views on climate change and their hopes for future water resilience.
Anglian Water has a long-standing partnership in Nepal, The Beacon Project, with WaterAid. WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in the world’s poorest communities: more important than ever during the pandemic.
The second film, Future Fens: Integrated Adaptation, will premiere on Friday 5 November at Anglian Water’s hybrid event at the Resilience Hub: Reimagining the future of water: how landscape-scale solutions will win the race to water resilience. It features Alisha Cox, a sixth form student from Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, talking about the current lack of professional job opportunities in the area and how she would like the region to grow and adapt in the face of climate change.
The film introduces the Future Fens: Integrated Adaptation initiative being led by Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and Water Resources East as part of a cross-sector taskforce of more than 40 organisations. The initiative will be the centrepiece of the 5 November event as an international blueprint for climate change adaptation through integrated water management to reduce the risk of flood and drought.
Anglian Water Community Education Team Manager Marcia Davies said:
“The fact that COP26 is being hosted in the UK created a wonderful opportunity to engage children and young people on issues surrounding water resilience. The changing climate is increasing the risk of drought and flooding both here and across the world, and we all need to play our part in using and managing water wisely.
“We worked with the children for a number of weeks prior to filming the Youth Voices film, discussing with them water issues and the changing climate as they think about the messages they want to share with the world. They came up with some brilliant ideas and are genuinely worried about their futures and the increased risk of drought and flooding due to climate change. I’m excited to see the film being showcased at the heart of COP and having their voices heard.”