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Ribble Valley schools hold second annual cop-style climate crisis conference

Ribble Valley’s commitment to tackling climate change took centre stage as dozens of young people from across Lancashire attended the second pupils climate conference on Tuesday 18th June. Held at Ribblesdale High School, the event was a powerful reminder that when it comes to tackling climate change ‘Every Action Counts’.

The conference – known as ‘CORVS 2’ which stands for ‘Council of Ribble Valley Schools’ – kicked off with an inspiring opening address from Ribble Valley Mayor, Councillor Louise Edge.

Keynote speaker Francis Hyland, a renowned author from the Eco Schools Project, then captivated the audience with a thought-provoking presentation on how small changes in schools can make a big difference.

Pupils engaged in hands-on workshops, including invertebrate sampling to monitor river water quality, building bird boxes, and crafting meat-free menus for school dinners.

The expert panel, featuring Councillor Louise Edge, Jack Spees (CEO Ribble Rivers Trust), Gary Young (Heidelberg Materials), Rachel Tomlinson (Headteacher at Barrowford Primary School), and Francis Hyland, fielded a variety of insightful questions from pupils. Discussions ranged from food waste disposal to advocating for impactful policies and exploring cost-effective solar energy alternatives.

Progress from last year’s pledges was displayed, showcasing tangible results and motivating new commitments. Pupils and staff made fresh pledges, including:

  • Clitheroe Royal Grammar: Campaign for better public transport to reduce car travel by sixth formers.
  • Pleckgate HS: Expand meat-free Mondays to “Taste Tuesdays” featuring new vegan or vegetarian dishes.
  • Oakhill: Organise a termly house litter pick competition.

David Rawkins, organiser of CORVS 2, said:

“While the COP conference unites world leaders, it’s crucial to drive change locally too. This pupils conference hopes to inspire a wave of other local initiatives that, together, can drive significant global impact. Every action counts, and together, we can all make a difference.”

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