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Ahead of COP28 our young people started preparing for a more sustainable future

This years’ UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, is running from 30 November until 12 December. Global leaders will be taking stock on progress since the Paris Agreement and agree future actions.

Global warming is everybody’s concern.

In Local London there is a continuing shift towards reducing environmental impacts. The future world of work is looking greener, employers are adopting new technologies and ways of working to be more sustainable. In fact, by 2050 research by WPI economics has predicted a three-fold increase in green jobs across our 9 boroughs.

Creating a greener world of work

To help young people prepare for future green job opportunities, we co-hosted our largest green careers event for young people this year. Increasing the number of participants from last year, we invited around 1,500 students from 45 schools to Sustainability Careers Fest at London Stadium.

Our event co-hosts were CGI, a leading IT and business consultancy. CGI believe that technology can support the transition to net zero through innovations and sustainable technologies and they will be taking this message to COP again this year.

While the world is looking to COP28 to see how countries will respond to climate issues, employers, education providers and young people across our sub-region are already preparing for a more sustainable future. Watch our film to hear what young people thought of the day.

Sarah Murray said “Sustainability runs through everything we do at Local London. I am delighted that students at Sustainability Careers Fest have been really curious about how employers are making their work greener. This event would not have been possible without funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Mayor of London and the fantastic energy and support of our co-hosts, CGI, as well as the 50+ employers, colleges and universities who came to share their experiences, future opportunities and the latest green tech with young people.”

Alan Dickie, Director of Broadcast and Media, CGI explained “CGI are fully invested in creating a sustainable future. We want to inspire the next generation, and get young people really interested in STEM and sustainable careers because that’s the way the future is going to be achieved. The Sustainability Careers Fest was excellent. It was great to see the students interacting with our popular virtual reality goggles, showing them a virtual day making sustainable choices. It looks like this year’s event was even more popular than last year.”

Our thanks again to all the students and teachers, employers and education providers, our funders: Careers and Enterprise Company and Mayor of London, and of course the team at CGI who made this event an extraordinary success.

If you would like to be involved in our future careers events, or sharing your experiences with young people in our boroughs please contact our Careers Hub team: careershub.east@redbridge.gov.uk

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