Tracey West and a group of students from The Edinburgh Academy

An Address to the Leaders of the Future

There’s no doubt about it, it’s the youngsters amongst us that are the real leaders of the future.

Whilst in the Green Zone on Thursday, Lauren and I sparked up a conversation with a class from The Edinburgh Academy led by their tutor, Chris Turley, who teaches history, politics and modern studies.

The students were busy absorbing all the knowledge on offer in this rather brilliant scientific educational zone. I ended up giving them an impromptu address about the critical importance of trees in the tropics.

My main objective wasn’t just to explain evapotranspiration, or to explain how trees in Kenya can grow up to 10 times faster there than anywhere else on the planet.

Learning written on a mobile phone by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

My mission was to empower them, to help them realise their critical role in the years ahead. They will undoubtedly experience swift and radical differences in the ways we live and they’ll be the ones measuring and monitoring the meteorological changes that take place too.

They will be far more focused on protecting humanity than many of the world’s governments seem to be today.

It was a lovely chat, they asked some amazing questions and I’m incredibly grateful they were there. I’m sure they’ll remember COP26.

If you have an opportunity to pass on environmental knowledge to the leaders of the future, be sure to empower them too – they’ll need that human fuel to take it all in and turn the darkness into light.

Tracey and The Team

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