Bike to School Week

CTK Aquinas gets cycling!

Cycling is a brilliant way to combine getting outdoors with getting some exercise! We love the fact that so many members of staff are setting a notable example for our students by showing concern for the environment and swapping four wheels for two! In support of #BikeToSchoolWeek, we have been catching up with staff and students that travel into college via bicycle. Here’s what they have had to say about their daily commutes: 

Mr Forster said: “I find cycling very therapeutic. It is great for the environment as well as my physical and mental health.” 

Miss Stiasny said: “I love cycling to work! It wakes me up in the morning and gives me an extra spring in my step for the day ahead!” 

Ms Power said: “I am lucky enough to cycle through two London parks on my way to work. I like being able to get some exercise at the start and end of my day and clear my mind during my commute.” 

We’ve been speaking to Mr Downes, who loves to cycle to work.

He says, “I’m lucky enough to cycle to two sites, with very different routes. I love cycling because it helps with mindfulness and wellbeing as well as being great exercise!”

COP26 Climate change mock event

Students get debating

We were delighted to be invited to this year’s COP26 Mock event hosted by St Pauls Girls School in Hammersmith. We were very proud to see our student reps advocating in the student Mock #COP26 conference as part of the UK Schools Sustainability Network (USSN) and the London Schools Eco Network (LSEN). The event was based on Climate Change and how different countries have progressed to fight this following the 2015 Paris agreement. 

In this Mock conference our students gathered facts and evidence to debate how far some countries around the world have come in their fight to lower the global warming crisis. 

Arguments were made in favour for various countries including contributions made by Australia to target and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% – 28% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. 

What is COP26?

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. 

The importance of the 2015 Paris agreement 

COP21 took place in Paris in 2015. For the first time ever, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and to make funds available to deliver on these aims. 

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. 

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