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Notre Dame climate change ambassadors demand action at talks in Paris

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 November 2015

Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith with Notre Dame High School climate change ambassadors and the statement for the prime minister. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith with Notre Dame High School climate change ambassadors and the statement for the prime minister. Photo : Steve Adams

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015

A group of young people who have rallied their school to fight climate change have written to the prime minister urging action at UN talks.

A presentation about the subject at Notre Dame High School, in Norwich, by Jo-anne Veltman, a paediatrician whose daughter is in Year 9, inspired pupils to form a group of climate change ambassadors to champion the cause.

Their work has included presentations to teachers and all year groups, collecting 1,127 signatures for a petition, gathering pledges of action from Year 9 children, and the creation of video of pupils talking about the subject, which has already been viewed nearly 1,000 times on YouTube.

Yesterday, the group presented Norwich North MP Chloe Smith their letter to David Cameron, ahead of climate change talks in Paris, which start on Monday.

The letter said: “Climate change is real, serious and it’s happening now. It is the biggest threat that we as humans face this century.

“Some of us are angry about climate change. Some of us are afraid. We believe that it is not fair that people in poorer countries who have not caused the problem are on the front line and are being most seriously affected.”

Theodore Lorenc, 14, said: “It’s made me more aware of the changes that are happening. I always thought it was something that would affect the future, and something I would have to deal with at some point. I never understood how close it is, and how we are the last generation who can do something, and we are approaching the point of no return.”

Head of geography Jonathan Hooton said: “I was a jaded old environmentalist, but I have been enthused by how this new generation who are going to have to face this problem have been getting involved. It’s really encouraged me.”

Charlotte Pardoe, 17, said, if world leaders did not take action, the pupils would “ramp up” their efforts.

See the video at www.edp24.co.uk

Do you have an education story? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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