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30 March, 2012

Students lead their schools in the battle against climate change

Last weekend, 29 young campaigners from England and Wales gathered to explore how their schools can address climate change, one of the biggest issues that we face.

The students will be now put their ideas to work at school. They will help their schools learn more about food miles, recycling, growing local produce, collecting rainwater and reducing their energy bills.

Students test their problem-solving abilities
Students test their problem-solving abilities

Teachers enjoyed seeing students develop their campaigns. 'Watching the pupils focus and become enthusiastic about their campaign issue' was the best part, says Duncan from Dyffryn Comprehensive in Port Talbot.

'The highlight of the weekend was when our campaign ideas fell into place on Saturday evening during a session and we got our plans of action,' says Jimena from Foxford School in Coventry.

Students from Fearnhill school in Letchworth will create a huge litter man to show how much rubbish they have at their school.

The Foxford team will encourage its school canteen to use more local produce.

Dyffryn School pupils will build their own bins out of recycled material.

Royal Alexander and Albert School will have a 'collect the bottles' competition.

Newman Catholic College in Brent will have its own eco-watchdogs, who will remind people to do things such as switch off the lights.

Stony Dean School in Amersham and Miltoncross School in Portsmouth will each have a community garden. Students also plan to collect rain water.

It is important to have faith in yourself and to keep trying, says Liam from Royal Alexander and Albert school in Reigate. 'Keep persisting with what you believe in as you have the right to speak,' he says, 'And nine times out of ten it works.'

The residential weekend was part of the Make the Link - Climate exChange programme, which is a partnership between Plan UK and the Citizenship Foundation. 

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