UN Climate Change Conference - COP23
The Climate Change Conference, COP 23, takes place in Bonn in just over two weeks time, from 6 to 17 November. This is a crucially significant world event and it is a great honour for Bonn to host the conference. The Stadt Bonn website (in English) outlines some of the events scheduled around the conference, as well as links to exhibitions and workshops. If you wish to better understand what COP23 is about, the General Anzeiger - English article provides an explanation.
Likewise BIS is proud to be a part of this event. Our students in Grades 3 – 5 will participate in the opening ceremony on Monday, 6 November, which will be broadcast worldwide. A huge thanks to all those students and parents who have agreed to participate and to attend the rehearsals the Saturday beforehand.
We invite all students in Grades 4 – 12 to hear the world renowned violinist Midori Gottohost a Chamber Orchestra concert with musicians from the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn on Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–14:45 in the Agora Lower Lounge. As a UN Peace ambassador Midori will also explain about her work and how she combines it with her passion for music. We ask all students who wish to attend this unique opportunity to contact Caroline Becker, Administrative Assistant - Secondary School, with their name and grade level to register. Interested parents may watch the concert.
Students from three schools, the Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt - The American School of Lima, The Green School Bali, and the School of Environmental Studies from Apple Valley, Minnesota, will visit BIS on the morning of Tuesday, 7 November to present their projects related to climate control and to carry out a World Climate Simulation. This provides a great opportunity for students from the four schools to mix and focus on both environmental and political issues relevant to COP 23.
We are also hoping that Felix Finkbeiner, the founder of Plant for the Planet, https://www.plant-for-the-planet.org/de/startseite, will come in to talk to our students during the conference. Felix, who attended the Munich International School, and founded Plant for the Planet when he was nine years old, inspired by a research project he did at school, is a perfect example of how every one of us really can make a difference.
Traffic conditions during the conference are likely to be chaotic, with many roads being blocked. For the conference itself, 25,000 participants are expected plus many non-registered visitors. The German Police have created a page where they outline everything that concerns 'Traffic and mobility' for COP23 (in English). We strongly advise you to walk, cycle, take public transport or look into car sharing. Please do leave home earlier than usual so that you can be at school on time.
On November 4 and 11, the city centre may be a good place to avoid, as demonstrations are planned for these days.