21st November 2002

 

MINI EARTH SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY

 

School kids will be getting to grips with global environment issues at a mini earth summit at the University of Lincoln next Monday (25th November).

 

Pupils from secondary schools across Lincolnshire will be acting as leaders and delegates who attended the World Summit in Johannesburg earlier this year.

 

The aim of the event in the university’s sports hall at Brayford Pool is to introduce the pupils to the political decision-making process which shapes our society and environment and how they, as individuals, can influence decisions.

 

The summit will be opened by Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the university, and will be followed by a key-note speech delivered by Doreen Fedrigo, the Research and Policy Manager for Waste Watch.

 

During the morning, representatives from the Environment Agency, City of Lincoln Council, Friends of the Earth, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Freiston Centre for Environmental Education and the Lincolnshire School Improvement Service will be running workshops which will enable the pupils and staff from the schools to actively learn about environmental issues relating to waste, including deforestation and packaging issues.

 

The young delegates will also hear first-hand about the World Summit in Johannesburg from  Terry Miller, the Ecumenical Rural Officer for Lincolnshire, who attended the World Summit as a representative of the Anglican Church. 

 

After lunch the group will move to County Hall for the debate.  Each school has prepared a short ten-minute presentation on landfill reduction schemes which will be delivered to a panel of experts including members of Lincolnshire’s Integrated Waste Management Strategy Steering Group, a representative from Greenpeace UK and a representative from the Incinerator Service Contractor, New Lincolnshire.

 

“This is a huge challenge to Lincolnshire councils at the present time,” said Emma Appleton, Schools Waste Action Club Education Officer for Waste Watch.  “The pupils will be part of an important decision-making process.”

 

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For more information contact:

 

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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Additional information

The schools involved are: Stamford Queen Elenor Secondary, Lincoln City Community College, Tennyson High School, Banovallum Secondary School, Boston Grammar School

Cherry Willingham Community School