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KES hosts the 10th b&nes youth climate summit

KES hosts the 10th b&nes youth climate summit

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5 February 2018

Now in its 10th year, the B&NES Youth Climate Summit took place on 5 February at King Edward’s School. 

100 attendees from Year 9 upwards attended the Summit to discuss global environmental issues.  The one-day event included opportunities to hear from some inspirational key note speakers, attend practical workshops and take part in creative sessions to share ideas and inspire young people to work towards a more sustainable future.  Attendees included pupils from KES, Kingswood, Norton Hill, Ralph Allen and St Laurence Schools.

The speakers and workshop providers at the Summit hold impressive eco credentials and included:



John O’Malley

Orangutan Appeal UK

Jennifer Best Founder of Poco, a sustainable restaurant in Bristol
Michelle Cassar City to Sea
Ned Garnett Director of Research at the Natural Environment Research Council
Traci Lewis

Director of Catalyse Change CIC, a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting

young women to develop sustainability skills

George Clarke Marine Stewardship Council
Sarah Compton The Soil Association
John Butler Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Ella Hogg Sustrans
Andy Hughes Environmental photographer and artist
Stephen Moss Naturalist, author and TV producer
Rachel Berger Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon
James Barwick Wyke Farm

Tinkers Bubble, a Somerset-based Organic and fossil free woodland community also attended, and the Summit was kindly being sponsored by Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket of Silver Street, Bradford on Avon.

King Edward’s School has an active pupil body involved in environmental projects, led, in the Senior School, by the Environmental Action Group, who recently organised an Eco Week at school.

Environmental awareness stretches all the way down to King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery, where children and staff recently formed an Eco Committee to encourage environmentally sustainable habits for children at school and at home.  In the Junior School every class has appointed a ‘Green Ambassador’ to help promote initiatives that will make everyone at the School think twice before throwing away plastic and paper, leaving the lights or taps on and wasting energy. A recycled bottle greenhouse is also taking shape in the playground, highlighting the ways to upcycle and repurpose rubbish.

KES committee members who helped to organise the Summit include: Jack Bather, Joe Bruton, Charlotte Ghali, Tash Reid, Eloise Thorne, Abbey Vaid and Tom Wilson.  They were joined by Sophia Thornton (St Laurence School) and Chloe Baker.

Commenting on the Summit, committee member, Charlotte Ghali, said:  “Some of the environmental issues we face include the amount of plastic waste entering our oceans and so marine ecosystems, and also the degradation of important carbon stores such as peatlands and rainforests which help to offset carbon emissions. Hopefully, the Climate Summit inspired people to make positive changes to help the environment.”





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