Thursday, November 15, 2012
Eco-spirited students from Attleborough High School took on some of the nation’s top environmental experts ahead of the UN’s Climate Summit.
Pupils from the school travelled to London’s Science Museum to question a panel, including government scientific advisor Prof Sir John Hoskins.
The event was part of a global three year international project - Make the Link: Climate exChange – backed by Plan UK and the Citizenship Foundation.
The Attleborough team joined top green schools from around the country to quiz specialists on subjects like renewable energy, climate issues in developing countries and lobbying politicians.
Youngsters also took part in hands-on activities – such as creating solar-powered fans and constructing wind turbines.
Frances Billin, geography teacher at Attleborough High, said: “The kids have been running a campaign to recycle plastic and even found a company that would pay the school for the plastic we give them.
“They are pressing the experts on their views on climate change – to help them come up with some ideas to reinvigorate their current work and start something new.”
Keith Hempshall, project manager at Plan UK, added: “As global leaders prepare to tackle critical climate issues at COP 18 at the end of this month, they need to make space for the opinions of young people.
“It is the next generation that will feel the brunt of the changes in our environment – and we have seen today that they have concrete recommendations that can change the world we live in.”
As part of the Climate exChange project, young campaigners have also lodged a declaration at the European Parliament, calling for MEPs to listen to their voices.