Saturday, 20 July 2019

MP urges schools to back Young Climate Warriors scheme

MP urges schools to back Young Climate Warriors scheme

JOHN HOWELL has backed a new initiative that encourages young people to help tackle climate change, writes Jack Taylor.

The Henley MP has written to schools in the area encouraging them to support Young Climate Warriors, which provides practical ways for children to reduce their carbon footprint.

Katrina Judge, a member of environmental campaign group Henley in Transition, launched the scheme earlier this month. Children are set a series of weekly challenges, including reducing the time they spend showering by a minute, turning down the heating thermostat, drying washed school uniform on a radiator and eating lentils instead of red meat and more locally grown fruit. Mrs Judge, a mother-of-four from Shepherds Green, wrote to primary schools in the area asking them to support the campaign and five have signed up.

She also met Mr Howell who agreed to contact the schools.

He said: “We all need to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, so I was delighted to learn of the Young Climate Warriors initiative, designed to harness the collective power of action in a positive way.”

“It is a very positive and good way of harnessing young people’s action. I am urging schools to take up this initiative and make it available.”

Mrs Judge said: “The science is clear — we have little more than a decade to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and it is today’s schoolchildren who will bear the consequences of inaction.

“It is exciting to be able to empower children to help combat climate change and let their voices be heard.”

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