CUTTING waste, promoting sustainable travel and being more energy efficient – Blackpool schoolchildren are clued up on eco-issues, thanks to the resort’s first Children’s Sustainability Conference.
Around 220 children from 30 primary schools gathered for the conference, which was organised by Hawes Side Primary School.
The conference aimed to promote an understanding of sustainability in Blackpool schools through topics including food and drink, energy and water, travel and traffic, buildings, and global dimension.
John Livesey, eco-co-ordinator at Hawes Side Primary School, in Marton, said: “We hope it will become an annual event which, in time, will grow to become a significant date on the schools’ calendar.
“At Hawes Side we are keen to promote sustainable living in everything we do. The whole school community has worked hard to make key changes – reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, improving habitats for wildlife, and promoting sustainable travel.
“With the workshops and activities organised for the conference, it was an exciting, fun and educating day for the children of Blackpool.
“They developed an understanding of global environmental issues and how people at the local scale can make a key difference.”
The event was held at Palatine Community Sports College.
Youngsters were given the chance to come face to face with pond life, thanks to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. They get stuck in with some gardening courtesy of Grow Blackpool, and learnt about energy efficiency with Dave McGrath, sustainability manager at the Solaris Centre.
Speaker Alan Bennett, a local conservationist who opened the event, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day, with pupils from 30 Blackpool schools working together, and with professionals from a variety of environmental organisations, to try and make their futures more sustainable.”
Mr Livesey added: “Children are the key to the future. Educating children about sustainable living is a key to their future.”