THREE Tameside primary schools have been asked to attend next month’s Greater Manchester Green Summit.
Their invitation to the prestigious event, organised by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, recognises the excellent work they have done to advance sustainability, preserve the environment and promote a green ethos among pupils.
Millbrook Primary is a forest school which encourages pupils to come into contact with nature using all their senses.
Their eco-committee produced a video which was shown to delegates attending last month’s Tameside Green Summit at Dukinfield Town Hall when organisations answered a call to action and made environmental pledges. In the video, the children explained it is their generation who will have to live with the consequences of a failure to act.
Last year, pupils from Russell Scott Primary, Denton, organised a parking day of action outside their school. Wearing hi-vis vests they became junior PCSOs and issued tickets to parents who left their engines running while waiting to pick up children. During the summer there was a fete to celebrate Clean Air Day.
Canon Burrows, Ashton, has green credentials stretching back 30 years to the creation of Taunton Brook Nature Reserve. The school has solar panels; a sedum roof which incorporates a layer of vegetation; and a power perfector to ensure the most efficient use of electricity.
In 2010, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Canon Burrows to present a Wipe Out Waste award.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “These three schools are carrying the banner for our green agenda and showing that they not only share our desires but are leading the campaign to make Tameside a greener and cleaner borough.
“We, as an authority, are fully aware of what needs to be done to increase sustainability. Knowing that we have the support of such motivated and capable young people makes me much more confident that we can overcome the challenges we face.”
Cllr Leanne Feeley, executive member for lifelong learning, added: “These schools have fully earned their place at the Greater Manchester Green Summit. Between them they have done some pioneering work to improve health and cut waste, and they deserve to be recognised.
“It’s said that we don’t inherit the earth, we merely look after it for our children. With that being the case, it’s only right that these young people are allowed to make their views known. After all, it’s their future that will be affected by the things our generation is doing now.”
The Greater Manchester Green Summit takes place at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, on Monday, March 25.
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