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Greener governance

Engaging with environmental emergency

Governing Matters
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Think global, act local

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) happening in Glasgow – probably as you read this in November – will underline how urgent it is for the global community to act. However, it should also bring attention to the role that local leaders can play in shaping the systems they operate within, and their citizens’ habits, to ensure a sustainable future.

The DfE has a unique opportunity to work with young people and communities. It has worked closely with the COP26 committee to deliver events at the summit, including within Youth and Empowerment Day.

In responses to NGA’s annual governance survey in 2020, less than half of boards (44%) said they were doing something in relation to climate change or sustainability, with recycling, improving energy efficiency and embedding climate change into the curriculum being mentioned by those that were taking action. We hope this response will be 100% in 2022.

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