Schoolchildren help to battle climate change

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TWO Bulwell schools have been doing their bit to help combat climate change by taking part in a specially-created initiative.

The Climate Week One-Hour Challenge has taken place, with thousands of people from schools, colleges, universities and workplaces all over the country contributing different answers to the problem.

Working with Nottingham City Council’s Sustainability Education Officer, pupils from Bulwell St Mary’s Church of England Primary and Cantrell Primary were among those taking part.

The youngsters put their learning about climate change into practice to come up with a plan of action that will make a real difference for a greener future.

Areas that were focused on included finding new uses for old objects, encouraging community action, promoting public transport use and how people can live more sustainably.

Kevin Steele, chief executive at Climate Week, said: “The Climate Week Challenge enables young people to develop their skills of innovation and team-working to help combat climate change, which is one of the most important issues they will need to address as the emerging generation.”

Coun Alan Clark (Lab), lead member for sustainability at Nottingham City Council, said the council has a well-established and popular programme of environmental education activities delivered in schools.

“I am looking forward to seeing what ideas the children come up with and wish them good luck in the national competition,” he said.