MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Energy Minister and COP26 Champion Anne-Marie Trevelyan, visited local schoolchildren at Lowick and Holy Island CofE First Schools today to listen to their ideas on how to reduce the impact of climate change.
The children had written to their MP last month, with their concerns and ideas for protecting the environment. As well as replying to the children’s letters, Ms Trevelyan went to see them in person to thank them for their efforts and see for herself the work they were doing.
Speaking of the visit, Anne-Marie said: “It was wonderful to visit the school and listen to the children tell me of their hopes for the future. They are so engaged and aware of how we need to ensure our wonderful environment is protected for the future. Their letters to me were incredibly heartfelt and wonderful to receive, so it was particularly special to be able to hand-deliver my replies and take a look at the posters they had made on topics like pollution and clean water.
“The COP 26 summit we are hosting in Glasgow in November is not just about world leaders making pledges on behalf of their governments, it is also about each one of us making changes to our lifestyles, homes, even gardens to protect our environment. It is so important that we ensure children are a part of that, and it is fantastic to see these youngsters leading the charge and the school making changes and winning awards for their efforts.
“In the lead up to COP, so much of my work will be focused on this important work, not just nationally and internationally but locally too. I have contacted all local schools about the Plant for Our Planet project and look forward to many more visits to local schools to see how they are making changes just as Lowick and Holy Island school has done.”
Rebecca Simpson, Headteacher of Lowick and Holy Island C of E First School said: “The children of Lowick and Holy Island C of E First Schools were delighted that our MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, responded to their letters by coming into school to see them. It has been an opportunity for them to talk to her about their concerns around caring for our planet, ensuring everyone has clean water and what we can do to reduce pollution and take care of our environment. We were proud to be able to share with her the work done through the Eco-schools Green Flag Award and the Better Energy School Awards project."
More information on the Plant for Our Planet project: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-urged-to-plant-for-our-planet-in-a-new-campaign-launched-today