Trust for Sustainable Living

TSL 2021 International School Debates & Summit: PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY


CERTIFICATES: All 2021 Certificates are now available for Teacher Champions to download from the TSL Certificates Portal

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the TSL 2021 Partner Power: Protecting Biodiversity Summit, which took place 5-10 July 2021. With a focus on youth collaboration and biodiversity, we heard from experts who helped us understand why biodiversity is important, how we measure biodiversity, how partnerships help to protect it and what actions young people and educators can take to protect biodiversity into the future. With panel discussions, case studies and workshops featuring scientists, youth and projects from around the world, it proved an exciting and inspiring summit, empowering students, teachers and schools to take action for protecting biodiversity!


Highlights from 2020

The 2020 International Schools’ Debates took place on 6 July – they were open to all participants in the TSL Essay Competition and registration was free. The Debates were held online for the first time, allowing more schools to participate by eliminating barriers like high travel costs and visa restrictions, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the event. Schools were invited to enter into the spirit of partnership and organise their own Country Debates before the international events.

#TSLPartnerPower2020 – the events below were viewed by over 0.5 million people on social media.

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the competition, a linked online Partner Power Summit took place on 7-10 July for those keen to keep building on the theme. The Summit featured a range of engaging workshops and inspiring speakers and panel discussions, designed to help inform and empower students, parents and teachers in a shared journey to a more sustainable world.

Video Messages to this year’s participants


Each country taking part in the Debates was represented by its four top-performing students in the Essay Competition, with all other students participating as Non-debating Students.

The online Partner Power Summit explored how young people and schools can become more involved in developing positive solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss and other global sustainability challenges.

The 2021 competition is now closed

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