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On the morning of Thursday 20 June, Year 7 pupils from Marling School took part in a ‘Green Day’ organised by the Youth Exploring Sustainability (YES) project , with help from the League for Environmental Justice (LEJ) , a green group for students at the school. Students were assigned to groups, each of which took part in two of nine sustainability activities, such as low tech cooking and Bug ID . The aim of the morning was to teach them about sustainability and the environment.

Zack, a Year 7 student, who took part said: “Local habitats need to be protected and they need to be looked after. I actually think it’s really important”

Sarah Lunnon, Green Party County Cllr for Stroud central ward attended the event. She told Year 7 students who had been trained as community reporters that before she came she didn’t know what to expect, but found the event positive and inspiring:

“This event was hands on, fun and hugely educational. The wide variety of activities eloquently demonstrated the breadth of issues that sustainability covers.”

Anna Bonnalack, from YES, said: “I am really interested in encouraging and supporting secondary schools to teach more about how future generations must cope and deal with climate change. We want to let schools know that they can take part in YES. If they want to give students the opportunity to practice cooperation, experimentation and problem solving and learn practical skills in an outdoor setting they should get in touch.”


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