On the 8 and 9 of February, Kingswood for the fourth time hosted the annual B&NES Youth Climate Summit with huge success. With over 80 students from six different schools attending, the event was packed full of interactive workshops and empowering speeches. A highlight for many was the presentation given by MP Barry Gardiner, the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Other speeches included whale and dolphin conservation, climate change activism, urban ecology and local farming at Hartley Farm. The workshops were a great success again this year with the very popular live hedgehogs, electric cars, discussions on the controversial idea that living in cities is more sustainable than living in the countryside, and marine conservation led by Chester Lewis, an old Kingswood Head Boy. BuroHappold's CReATE upcycling competition returned and this year included a "peoples vote" and presentations by the designers, emphasising the importance of not wasting precious resources. As always the Kingswood catering staff provided amazing food that was greatly appreciated by all participants. The food this year was all locally sourced and the themes were eating local produce and being vegan thus helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
Both of the two days had a buzzing atmosphere and the projects the students came up with at the World Café session on Tuesday were both creative and practical, allowing the students to leave feeling like they really could make a difference. As before, the Summit was both designed and led by students from B&NES, highlighting the important role young people play in protecting the planet.
Further reading can be found on MP Barry Gardiner's website. http://www.barrygardiner.com/barry_speaks_at_the_bath_and_north_east_somerset_youth_climate_summit