Students lobby Prime Minister on green issues

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Students from Bedale’s Mowbray School have travelled to Downing Street to tell the Prime Minister how they think he should tackle climate change.

The pupils represented more than 200 Yorkshire school children who met at a conference earlier this year and discussed the best way for individuals, schools and the Government to combat climate change.

The young people decided their ideas were good enough to be sent to the Prime Minister and the group from Mowbray School won the chance to deliver the report personally.

They want to see energy efficiency in homes and schools improved and the amount of clean electricity generated increased, and even called on the Prime Minister to lead by example by installing solar panels in the roof of Number 10.

The students travelled to London, along with environment officers from North Yorkshire and Harrogate Borough councils, where they also met Yorkshire MPs Andrew Jones and Julian Sturdy.

After handing their report over on the steps of 10 Downing Street they were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament.

The trip came at the end of the North Yorkshire Schools’ Climate Change Initiative, organised by Harrogate Borough Council, the City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and other district councils in North Yorkshire.

Coun Michael Harrison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The report that pupils have put together shows that they really care about climate change. I am encouraged to see their constructive suggestions about what we should all do and hope the Prime Minister reads what they have to say.

“I’m delighted that we were able to lead this project with the help of our colleagues in the other councils in North Yorkshire.”