This week, Wokingham Borough Council is inviting young people to take part in its second annual Youth Climate Conference.
Secondary school students from across the borough are invited to register for a place to take part in the online event, which is happening on the 24 November from 4.15pm to 6pm.
The event aims to inspire and empower young people to consider their own and their family’s behaviours and make changes towards a more sustainable lifestyle by understanding the local impacts of climate change.
Facilitated by the council’s climate emergency team and introduced by Councillor Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communications, and emissions, and Anika, Youth Climate Champion, the conference will have a range of guest speakers introducing new topics and ideas.
The event will kick off with a question and answer session, chaired by Cllr Murray who will be joined by officers from the council’s ecology, energy and My Journey teams. Questions can be submitted in advance by young people by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or asked on the day.
Following the question and answer session, Izzy King from Teach the Future will be in conversation with Ruth Strange from Ethical Consumer, talking about the carbon footprint of our buying habits and the changes that we can make.
Finally, Charlene Duncan from The South East Rivers Trust, will be explaining the impacts of climate change in the borough and leading a question and answer on how young people can be a part of tackling climate emergency through changing their own behaviours and inspiring those around them to do the same.
Councillor Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communication and emissions, said: “Young people are the ones who are going to not only see, but experience the devastating consequences that climate change is going to have on the planet.
“We do have a chance to pause and even reverse some of the impacts of global warming, but this needs to be done now and as a collective responsibility.
“Engaging and enabling young people to have the knowledge, passion and understanding of the consequences of climate change and the measures we can all take to relieve the pressure on the planet is an important step in the right direction.
“I’m looking forward to being part of this conference and learning with, and from, our young people.”
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