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Edsential launches a teachers toolkit ahead of global COP 26 conference

A free Climate Change Teachers Toolkit has been launched to support teachers with classroom-based learning related to the COP 26 conference.

The toolkit has been created by Edsential, a social enterprise owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Wirral Council, with support from Chester Zoo and Efeca.

The website will link teachers to a range of resources that will support learning about climate change and specifically the four targets being discussed at the COP26 conference – a global summit on how countries across the world will tackle climate change hosted in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021. The goals to be discussed at the conference are:

  • Reach global net zero by 2050
  • Adaptation to protect communities
  • Mobilise finance
  • Work together to deliver goals

The free toolkit aims to help teachers explain the purpose of the conference and deliver key curriculum outcomes related to climate change.

The Climate Change Resources Teachers Toolkit will be featured as part of the national Together for our Planet toolkit, led by COP26 organisers.

The project is the latest environmental commitment from Edsential after they became the world’s first certified sustainable palm oil catering company in 2019, and a leading champion of Chester Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil Communities project. They were supported by Efeca, researchers and advisors on deforestation free commodities.

Managing Director of Edsential, Ian McGrady said: “We are delighted to launch the Climate Change Teachers Toolkit for COP 26. It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to environmental education and to taking action to protect our planet.

“We know that teachers have an incredibly important role to play in the conversation about climate change and to reassure and empower students so that they feel that they are part of the solution.

“The COP26 conference in Glasgow is a watershed moment in the fight to tackle climate change so we’re delighted that organisers will showcase this website as a way to connect teachers with the conference in a meaningful way.”

Experts at Edsential have reviewed hundreds of teaching resources and identified those that link directly to the curriculum.

Teachers can access the website via the COP26 Together for our Planet Schools Pack or directly at