MP joins discussions at Gorse Hall Primary’s eco-summit

AS world leaders met in Davos, Switzerland, pupils at Gorse Hall Primary, Stalybridge, hosted its own eco-summit.They were joined by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, to discuss an action plan to stop global warming and deforestation.

It will used as part of their eco-school assessment in June – Gorse Hall is in its 22nd year as a holder of the accreditation.

As part of a nationwide action plan for schools there are 10 themes – global citizenship, water, healthy living, transport, litter, energy, waste, marine, biodiversity and school grounds.

Gorse Hall has introduced an 11th, clean air, which is important as their school is situated on a busy road.

Mr Reynolds described being “inspired” by his discussions with the children.

“Future change will be driven by young people and the children had a tremendous knowledge of climate change,” he said.

Mr Reynolds added in the 10 years he had been visiting Gorse Hall Primary, the school had always been switched on to eco-issues and it was interesting to see how the conversation has developed since then.

Teacher Kathleen Hughes added the visit from Mr Reynolds “made it real and achievable”.

Mrs Hughes said children were aware what happened in Davos where world leaders met.

One of the initiatives Gorse Hall Primary is keen to pursue is the elimination of single-use plastics, something education minister Damian Hinds wants to achieve by 2022.

“We will be looking at the waste generated in the kitchen, staff room and classrooms,” explained Mrs Hughes.

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