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School sessions encourage young people to speak out for the environment
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School sessions encourage young people to speak out for the environment

School sessions urge young people to speak up for the environment

A new initiative encourages students to use their voices and speak out for the environment.

Jess Carter (an ecologist) and Beth Stevenon Paul (a teacher) teamed up during lockdown to create Planet Action to provide workshops for schools and empower young people with the tools to make a difference on the planet.

Jess speaks to students at Planet Action in Culmstock

Planet and People’s Jess Carter stated: We offer workshops to schools in order to encourage children love the earth.

This idea has been in development for over a year. When the pandemic struck, we made it into an activity kit for children and now we are happy to go out doing face-toface workshops.

We want children to be positive about the planet, to know how to take actions themselves, to have a voice and question adults.

Planet Action at Culmstock: Making t-shirts

Planet Action recently visited Kentisbeare Primary School and Culmstock Primary school. They held a shout-out session for the whole group on environmental issues, made t-shirts with messages and encouraged pupils to talk about their passions.

Beth added: Young people make the best audience.

This term’s workshop theme will be “Speak up in Response to COP26”, the recent global conference on climate change, and the growing network of young activists all over the globe who are speaking out. It’s a great theme for getting kids excited about the planet.

Young people are proud of their voice and have lots of energy. Everyone had the chance to express their opinions in their own ways during the quieter moments. It was a great cause for optimism.

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