Devon school children take part in their first Eco Summit

Posted on: 19 May 2016

Primary school children from across Devon took part in their first Eco-Summit on Wednesday 18th May to share their experiences of environmental learning for a better world.

Groups of children aged 7-11 to took part in the inaugural Eco-Summit held at Hannah’s, located in the picturesque grounds of the former Seale Hayne agricultural college near Newton Abbot.

Primary schools from across Devon including Bradley Barton Primary in Newton Abbot, Buckfastleigh, Gatehouse Primary in Dawlish, Newtown Primary School in Exeter, Kenton, Kenn, St Michaels Primary in Exeter and Wolborough, Newton Abbot attended.

The event enabled the children to take part in a number of ‘active learning’ workshops run by the cream of environmental workshop providers in Devon, and inspired children to be the thinkers of the future.

The well known television presenter Nick Baker opened the event with a talk about his experiences of what motivated him to get involved with nature when he was at school.

Kick-starting the event were presentations by the different schools about something they have done in their school to benefit the environment in a positive manner; the presentations were very creative and benefited from some celebrity input.

There will also be further school support provided when the children take their ideas back to their communities.

The event is the brain child of Devon County Council’s Waste Education project, delivered by Resource Futures, and has received support funding from the Ernest Cook Trust.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Cllr Roger CroadEnvironment said: “Many people living in Devon put a lot of effort into reducing their carbon footprint, by living in a more sustainable way and recycling and reducing the amount of their waste that goes to landfill, which is why we have the second highest recycling rate of any county in England.
“There’s still more that could be done and the summit encouraged pupils to share ideas, and think of new ways about what they can do now to make a lasting difference in the future.”

Demelza Annison, Team Leader of the project, said: “The summit has been very exciting; it is has been a great opportunity for both children and adults to work collaboratively on environmental issues.”

The Devon Waste Education Programme is an essential part of Devon County Council’s long term strategy to achieving a more sustainable future, with an increasing emphasis on waste minimisation, resource management and greater awareness of the issues surrounding consumerism. The project supports schools and their families to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost their waste through a range of workshops and activities. The programme is funded by Devon County Council and delivered by Resource Futures.
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