Femi Owolade-Coombes (Fifth Form) was invited to present his environmental hack at the COP26 on Thursday 11 November as part of the Open Source community exploring sustainability, NetZero and Open Source. After being commissioned by the Tate Modern to run a weekend Environmental hack involving a Citizen Science initiative to encourage the public to explore the effects of CO26, he was asked to take his findings and run another hack at COP26 in Glasgow for one day.
He was joined by younger brother, Alex (Lower First Form) who upcycles old skateboards into furniture. He was invited to exhibit his work at the Tate Modern and joined Femi at COP26 to create a podcast about sustainability and give his reflections from the perspective of a young person. They both enjoyed their visit, networked with a lot of very interesting people and gained valuable insights. Alex said ‘I’ve learnt not to be so pessimistic about climate change and the future as there are a lot of people around the world who really care about the environment and want to make a difference’. Femi added ‘I also realised how important the Open Source community is in developing the platforms for collecting and sharing data around carbon footprints and the global NetZero goals, in the future’. They were both well received at the event and Femi has been asked to present ideas to further develop his environmental hack further afield. Alex has produced a podcast about COP26 and sustainability using the interviews he conducted on the day. He will be sharing his experiences with his fellow First Form students during his Global Citizenship class.
Image credit: Grace Owolade-Coombes, COP26 2021