The Irish Sustainable Schools Network is an initiative by students and teachers from different schools work together to learn more about the climate and biodiversity crisis, share ideas and undertake actions to make our schools more sustainable, environmentally aware places.

This year the ISSN is putting together a virtual Schools Climate and Nature Summit to coincide with COP26, and will run a week-long virtual festival from 1 to 5 November.

There will be two activity sessions per day at 9am and 2pm and all sessions will be streamed and accessible afterwards.

The sessions will cover topics such as Eco Careers, Food and Farming; Biodiversity; Consumerism; Eco-anxiety; Oceans; and Energy.

Page Ó Faolann, who attends St Mark's Community School in Tallaght, says she learns a "little bit" about climate change in school but that "we don't learn as much as we should ... it's going to be a problem for our generation, so we should be much more educated on it than we are.

She says it is important for younger people to learn about the "many little things" they can do to help in the fight against climate change.

"Like when you have something, don't throw it on the sidewalk, or walk instead of taking the car. If every person does that, it will help."

Page says the challenge in reaching her peer group when it comes to educating them on climate change is that "to them, they're one person and one person isn't going to make a change. It needs to be something they think they're not alone in".

Amy Jeffers from Killenarden in Tallaght says she does not think much about climate change and that it is not much of an issue for her right now and when it comes to walking or using a car to get somewhere she would "rather get a lift".

"You can nearly see the seasons are changing; they're not what I remember from a few years ago," says James Drumm from Knocklyon.

James, who attends Rockbrook school in Dublin, says "climate change isn't hurting me right now in any way but using my brain I can see how it will. People are going to have to figure out how they're going to get people my age to want to do something, because they don't really care about it.

"They have to be shown and taught that it's going to affect them in the future," he adds.

Chloe Woods attends St Pauls' School in Greenhills, Tallaght. She says "we don't really get taught about it" in school and that she does not worry about the effects of climate change.

Although, Chloe does think about ways in which she could help improve the situation, including reducing our dependency on transport and walking instead.