COP 21 should have been a major turning point in human history – essentially, our world-leaders came together to decide the fate of the world as we know it. To support them in that, the Global Climate March – in association with 350.org and Avaaz.org – was organised, and 785,000 people globally took to the streets in passionate commitment to saving the world.
At that time, I began my own One Man Climate March, to tell a side of the story that’s so rarely told. Something that I’ve learned in the last few years of conservation & environmental management is that the world is facing some serious threats, and actually doing what’s needed to be done about that is very very difficult. Saving the world is going to be about a lot more than blustery promises and lower emissions. About a lot more than shouted protests and activism. It can only be done by properly understanding the issues and finding great solutions to them. My One Man Climate March is telling that lesser-known part of the story.
What began as a complementary talk to go alongside the Global Climate March in December 2015, My One Man Climate March has now been extended indefinitely, to bring this event to every school & student who needs to hear it. With jungle-grown anecdotes, loop-hole-laden legislation and a strong dose of environmental fanaticism, I’m visiting schools & colleges all over Britain, sharing my experiences and engaging students in debates about something that affects them all. And together we’re standing with our world-leaders, understanding what needs to be done, and changing the fate of the world.
If you think your school could benefit from my One Man Climate March, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Testimonials for My One Man Climate March:
“Andy Clark is a charismatic young man who is doing his “One Man Climate Change March” by bringing the issues and implications of climate change to the fore in the minds of young people in schools around Britain. Andy presented and debated the issues with an audience of 60 year 10 students. All were transfixed and have commented very favourably on their session. In addition Andy presented to a group of students from our Biology Society at lunchtime and in the afternoon to over 30 year 11 and 12 students. His presentations and debates were captivating and informative. He covered many aspects of the syllabus both for GCSE and A level. Students at Hitchin Girls’ school commented:
“It puts climate change into perspective for me.” Year 10
“It has raised my awareness of climate change.” Year 10
“He was passionate and kept us interested for a whole hour.” Year 10
“I thought it was inspirational and want to know more about what we can do.” Year 10
“The issues were touching.” Year 12
From a teacher’s perspective Andy was well informed and had tailored his presentation to the curriculum content. His presentation has the right mix of serious issues and humour but students were particularly interested in the fact that they can still make a difference. I can thoroughly recommend Andy as a well informed and entertaining presenter who students will like and listen to.“
Head of Biology
Hitchin Girls’ School
“Our Trent College sixth formers were fortunate to be visited by Old Trident, Andy Clark, last week. Andy spoke eloquently on the topic of Climate Change and his work from ‘The Top Of The Tree’. His approach was both dynamic and engaging. The students reflected on the challenges facing the modern world and many felt that they would change the way they felt about their relationship with the use of the world’s resources. This was a strong PSHE session and I would recommend Andy to any school wishing to discuss these important global issues.“
Head of Year Thirteen
“Andy came in to talk to students about climate change. He was flexible around the needs of the school and engaging in his delivery. Fifty sixth form students listened to his talk which covered the key issues surrounding the Climate Change talks with examples rooted in his own experience. He engaged the audience with open questions and his humourous approach. Students were keen to ask their own questions at the end and the lunchtime session was well received. I would be interested in inviting Andy into school again in the future.“
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
King Ecgbert School
“We had the benefit of Andy visiting just as COP21 came to a close, and it was wonderful for drawing our students into very current affairs. We ran the talk as a non-compulsory lunch time session and many students, from all subject backgrounds, attended. However, our Geography Dept were particularly interested, as it tied in neatly with the A level syllabus. Andy’s talk was fast paced, incredibly challenging and completely relevant. All of the issues were things our students could relate to, and Andy kept them engaged for the duration. The questions Andy threw to the audience created great discussion for the staff and students alike. Andy is a personable and experienced conservationist, and we look forward to welcoming him to Tapton again in the future.”
Sixth Form Administrator
My sincere thanks to every school I have worked with, and everyone I have met over this march so far. It has been my immense pleasure speaking with you. The chance to impact young lives is a great opportunity, and I am deeply grateful.