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
- Day 1 – SCHOOLS’ DEBATES: Message from Danny Faure, President of the Seychelles, 6 July 2020
- Day 2 – PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY: Message from Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UN-CBD), 7 July 2020
- Day 3 – CLIMATE ACTION: Message from Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 8 July 2020
- Day 3 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES: Message from Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education & Advocacy at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 9 July 2020
- Day 4: ENGAGING WITH SCIENCE: Message from Barron Joseph Orr, Lead Scientist at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), 10 July 2020
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.
8 September 2020
Registration opens for Teacher Champions/Schools to participate in TSL 2021 Essay Competition
23 December 2020
Final deadline for essay entries
15 February 2021
Announcement of international essay competition Finalists & Honourable Mentions
8 March 2021
Grand Prize Trophy Winner & Top Ten Medallists notified (confidentially)
15 February - 15 June 2021
5 July 2021
Teacher Champions Exchange (online)
6 July 2021
International Schools Debate & Awards (online)
7-10 July 2021
Partner Power Summit (online)