Mendip staff join young people at climate conference

Representatives from Mendip District Council were proud to attend a climate conference in Wells, packed with primary and secondary school pupils from across Somerset.

Hayley Warrens, Mendip's Climate Change and Resilience Officer, and Tracy Aarons, Mendip's deputy Chief Executive, were among the guests at the Eco Conference, hosted by the city's Blue School.

The aim of the Eco Conference was to raise awareness of environmental issues and allow school children to share ideas on how these could be tackled. A range of activities and themes were debated, from transport to waste management, and pupils were tasked with identifying and agreeing targets that could be collectively applied in schools.

Cllr Tom Ronan, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Policy and Climate Change, said: "It's great that Mendip were invited to speak at this action-based learning event for young people from across the county.

"This important work may begin in schools, but it expands into the community. It's inspiring to know that the next generation is so engaged, full of ideas and energy."

Di Harris, Biology Teacher and organiser of the Eco Conference from Wells Blue School, said: "It was an inspirational day that highlighted the importance of climate action to young people. They had the chance to realise there are others their age who care about the emergency we are facing. The pledges set have given them a pathway to follow for the next 12 months."