Climate emergency: Falkirk pupils answer the call to fight climate change

Climate change is on the agenda for high school pupils this week as they get a chance to help Falkirk Council find ways to tackle the global problem locally.

By Kirsty Paterson
Monday, 26th October 2020, 6:54 pm
Activists across the country are rallying to tackle the climate emergency - now Falkirk's school pupils have been invited to have their say.
Activists across the country are rallying to tackle the climate emergency - now Falkirk's school pupils have been invited to have their say.

On Wednesday (October 28) pupils will be asked for their views when they take part in the Climate Change Action Stakeholder Working Group (CCASWG) for the first time.

The group, made up from a cross-party group of councillors as well as officials, was set up to address the climate emergency declared by Falkirk Council in September 2019.

Pupils have been invited to put forward their priorities on many of the issues affecting global climate change.

At the local level, the group will look at how the council can reduce its own and the wider area’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and help embed climate change throughout the organisation and the wider community.

Pupils will join the group every second meeting and it is hoped that all secondary schools are able to attend each meeting.

Chair of the CCASWG Councillor Paul Garner said: “Climate change is a massive concern for all of us and needs to be tackled and both a local level and globally.

“This group will bring together cross-party representation as well as that of young people so that we can all pool our thoughts to develop a local action plan of measures we can take.

“We are making headway with various ideas such as using more electric vehicles and banning single use plastic but clearly there is a long way to go.”

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