BEYOND COP 21 – WHAT IS THE FUTURE? YEAR 7 and 8 Selected students of Years 7 and 8 had the opportunity to represent Oxford School at a symposium titled “Beyond COP 21”, organised by Target4Green at American University of Sharjah (AUS) on the 24th of April, 2018. Global climate change is one of the defining global challenges of this era. Part of the vision of AUS’ founder, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is for AUS to reshape the minds of the youth in order for them to address social challenges using the scientific method. The Beyond COP21 Symposium was an excellent example of how his vision works in practice: by being a place where the entire community can be inspired through workshops and education series. The students enjoyed a day full of discussions, group activities, and an exhibition covering food waste, recycling, solar energy, sustainable cities, plastic reduction as well as Eco-Schools. They also saw models of solar cooker, composting plant, and other exhibitors. Later in the day, the students had the chance to share their ideas with their peers from other schools through workshops and discussion forums. Ayesha from 7 G2 represented the school as she spoke about SDG goals.