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Internal News - 22 June 2007

Local pupils become climate change ambassadors

Local pupils became ambassadors for the issues of climate change, at a two-day conference for secondary schools in B&NES hosted by the University of Bath yesterday and today.

Over 150 students aged 14 to 15 attended the two-day Young People’s Climate Change Connection Conference, the first such held in Bath.

Through presentations and workshops, the school students considered the causes of global warming, learnt about its impact on people in developing countries, and took away ideas for positive action at home, school and in the wider community.

BBC Newsnight’s Justin Rowlatt spoke at the conference about his experiences as the programme’s ‘ethical man’, discussing issues from the year he spent trying to live as ethical a lifestyle as possible. He then lead a workshop session with a group of young people.

Other guest speakers included Anna Birney from the Worldwide Fund for Nature; Simon Roberts from Bristol’s Centre for Sustainable Energy and Nicola Bennett from Christian Aid.

Throughout the two days the students made presentations on what they saw as the key issue in climate change, what could be done about it, and how to adopt ‘one-planet-living’ lifestyles.

The event was the idea of Dr Frank Martinelli, Director of Ralph Allen School’s Science College and was organised by Ralph Allen School, a Specialist Science College, with the University of Bath, Envolve, Bath Spa University and Bath RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce).

Financial support was provided by Writhlington School through its Leadership in Gifted and Talented education programme.