New climate change guidance for schools and early years settings in London

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
28 August 2020

Arup has worked alongside the Greater London Authority as lead technical consultant to develop new guidance for London’s schools, How London Schools and Early Years Settings Can Adapt to Climate Change.

Climate change will cause more frequent and widespread flooding, scarcity of water resources, and increased heat risk. However, the impact of these events will not be evenly distributed amongst Londoners. Children, as one of the at-risk groups, are particularly vulnerable.

The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy seeks to build resilience to climate impacts for people and environments in London, and is the key driver for this guidance. Providing accessible information to school and academy trust leaders, governors, business managers, teachers and other decision-makers, this guidance sets out measures they can take to help London schools and early years settings better prepare for the impacts of climate change.

In the context of the impact of COVID-19 and recovery, this guidance is an important piece of work which highlights the need for green policies to build stronger communities and more resilient critical infrastructure that can prepare for, recover from and adapt both to an extreme weather event as well as other events such as a pandemic.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the UK, with London experiencing particular extremes of heat and water scarcity over recent years. Children are highly vulnerable to such extreme conditions, and existing school sites are rarely designed or operated with climate change in mind. This guidance will help school leaders to adapt their estates, to protect the health and wellbeing of school communities in the face of climate change, and to nurture a generation of future climate leaders. ” Laura Frost Associate, Energy and Climate Change Consulting at Arup