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Branch hosts Green Summit "listening event" at Chorlton Park Primary School

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:45

Jackie Copley CPRE Lancashire Planning Manager with children from Chorlton Park Primary School Jackie Copley CPRE Lancashire Planning Manager with children from Chorlton Park Primary School Photo: © Jackie Copley

CPRE Lancashire jointly with the Environment Agency facilitated a ‘listening event’ with Chorlton Park Primary School in Manchester to feedback ‘asks’ for the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Green Summit on 21 March 2018. 

The children aged between 8 and 7 years old were learning about how to better look after their environment. They had clearly done their homework and all understood that CO2 is bad for our planet.  They asked the Mayor to reduce using fossil based energy, and instead develop more for cleaner renewable energy projects. To children this is a logical way to protect our natural environment.

More and better waste reduction, reuse and recycling was a top priority. They had been on a school trip to a recycling centre. Many asks related to reducing our landfill, through better awareness of recycling, and education to make sure people use the right bins. Litter was also identified as a problem, with a request to stop littering, highlighting the harm to animals. 

More sustainable travel choice was the second priority identified by the children. They thought people should use the car less due to CO2 emissions, and instead walk and cycle more, or use public transport. 

Saving energy was the third priority, with asks to turn off switches when not using energy hungry devices, such as heating and lighting. Using local shops and buying local produce was seen as important to cut down on food miles.

A fourth priority was planting more trees, and preventing the chopping down of trees. This was because children understood the pollution filtering value of trees and the need for clean air, and wildlife habitat. A charge for a net loss of trees was suggested. A great idea!

Then inventions to reduce energy demands were considered, such as action activated lights. The children clearly like rules to be followed by grownups and they suggested cameras should be installed in bins to ‘catch those who aren’t recycling properly’, and to stop the sorting equipment breaking at the recycling centre. 

Education was a key ask with children wishing for the Mayor to help educate people on how to better look after the planet, and why, on a range of issues, particularly using the right bins.

The children are keen for water usage to be better managed by people turning off taps when not in use. Perhaps water meters would focus the mind? 

Some of the children sang a song ‘let it grow’ for the Mayor, you can listen to them on YouTube.

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