Climate change lecture leads to supervolcano debate

David Gelsthorpe climate change lecture

A lecture on climate change by David Gelsthorpe, the curator of Earth science at Manchester Museum, introduced a Model United Nations-style debate on the subject last week ahead of the school’s full MUN conference in March.

David spoke to the sixth form about the gradual process of climate change through the ages and how it is affecting the planet, linking it to places the pupils know, like Cresswell Crags in Derbyshire.

Upper sixth pupil Naomi Clarke particularly enjoyed the lecture: “The speech was truly fascinating and allowed us all to appreciate the enormity of the climate change situation and the drastic effects climate change has always had, and will continue to have, on our planet.”

After admiring some of David’s museum artefacts, our pupils held a debate regarding a supervolcanic eruption as practice for March’s MUN conference at school, where pupils research a nation and take on roles as that country’s diplomats as they develop solutions to world problems.

Nine countries and four chairs – Tom Fawcett, Sam Arrowsmith, Zoe Harris and Suzy Eames – debated the fictional crisis before finishing with a presentation.

Naomi went on to say: “Many thanks go to Mr Browne, the chairs of the debate, and David Gelsthorpe for sharing his knowledge and giving us his time.”

More information about our forthcoming conference in March can be found on our Model United Nations at Stockport Grammar School website. It will be the first MUN conference to be held at the school since a highly successful event in 2010, which attracted young people from as far away as Cyprus.

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