London mayor announces climate activity week for schools

London mayor announces climate activity week for schools

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a week of climate activities in November for young people to get involved in, including the launch of a £50,000 fund with Bloomberg to help young Londoners improve the environment that they live and study in.


The mayor’s Climate Kick-Start will see thousands of young people from London schools work together to tackle threats such as climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, air pollution and single-use plastics.


Bid for funding


Schools can bid for £10,000 of funding each to kick-start or accelerate exemplar environmental projects. The winning schools will be announced at the end of the week of action at a ceremony hosted by Khan, Bloomberg and television presenter, paralympian and climate activist, Ade Adepitan. Smaller grants of £500-£2,000 are available for schools to run events during that week, helping to cover the cost of equipment or specialist facilitators.


Taking place from 1-5 November – after the first ever Earthshot Prize in London and during the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) – the Climate Kick-Start will also feature dozens of hands-on free events, including: 

  • a cleantech careers fair hosted by the Royal Institution 
  • a tree planting day hosted by the Conservation Volunteers
  • a sustainable fashion show with London College of Fashion 
  • a pedal-powered activity day.

All London secondary schools will receive a free Key Stage 3 lesson resource curated by the Museum of London to help raise awareness of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) and the main issues to be discussed affecting people and the planet.


This announcement follows recently published data from City Hall showing that 98 per cent of schools in London are in areas exceeding World Health Organisation pollution limits, compared to 24 per cent outside of London. Khan wants to educate and empower young people to go further and faster in addressing environmental issues, and showcase the fantastic work that so many schools are already doing.

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