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Cornwall Schools Eco Conference 

On Monday the 7th of June, Cornwall schools joined together and were inspired by remarkable activists from all walks of life. From students at Exeter University to founders of local charities, such as Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), all volunteers at the event evoked a need to create change from the vast majority of students (and possibly staff) who were lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to attend. This call to arms was surrounding the G7 summit held in Cornwall this month.

The aim of the conference was to inspire young people to take control of their futures and work to secure the environment’s safety for generations to come. If we want any hope to fight the climate emergency, we must arm ourselves with knowledge and information. To do this we must pay attention to the news, follow social media accounts that keep us updated with this much needed information, and encourage the people around us to do the same. If we want a chance against climate change, we must stay informed and take action by adjusting the ways we live. We must reuse items such as plastic bags, give clothes new lives by donating them or giving them to a family member or a friend, save energy by turning off appliances when they aren’t being used, and adjust how often we drive when we could walk or maybe cycle instead. COVID-19 had given us an opportunity to re-evaluate the ways in which we live our lives.

Post-COVID, we must work together to pave the way to a new normal in which the environment comes first. The pandemic has shown us that it is possible to work from home to cut car emissions, and how healing being in nature can be for our mental health. It has also shown that avoiding buying things like coffee from cafes saves money and reduces the effects of disposable cups in landfill. “2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK – enough to stretch around the world roughly 5 and a half times” according to parliament publications UK. These aspects must encourage us to be more conscious of the footprint we leave on our planet and the effects, even small decisions can have. Going forward, we must each do our part to make the world a greener, healthier, and safer place for us and generations to follow.

Lottie Wilson, 10NVT