H&F pupils speak out at Environmental Parliament

Year 6 pupils from across H&F recently presented at the Children’s Environmental Parliament 2022.

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Pupils from St John’s Walham Green

Year 6 pupils from across Hammersmith & Fulham recently presented on local environmental issues at the Children’s Environmental Parliament 2022.

Joining other schools at Kensington Town Hall last month, five H&F primary schools each presented on their chosen environmental issues.

The schools, Old Oak Primary School, Thomas’s Academy, St John’s Walham Green, Addison Primary School, and The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School all took part.

Their presentations ranged from protecting Wormwood Scrubs’ bird population to the environmental impact of Covid waste.

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The Children’s Environmental Parliament 2022 in session at Kensington Town Hall

Awards for H&F schools

Each school group had two elected speakers who presented their ideas to the 10 attending schools – more than 80 Year 6 pupils – and panel of judges.

The 10 to 11 year olds had researched their topics with the help of educational charity Urbanwise.London, who arranged for pupils to meet relevant council officers, community groups and environmental organisations.

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Pupils from The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

Moya O’Hara, Director of Urbanwise.London, said: "The event gives children the opportunity to have their say on local and global issues, and to present their own ideas and solutions to decision makers.”

Three awards for presentation skills, research and environmental action were up for grabs.

Old Oak Primary School won the award for environmental action.

A further special award - the Children’s award - which recognised the most popular presentation of the day, was voted on by the pupils themselves.

The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School won the Children’s award.

Award winners received special framed certificates and a book for their school.

Climate emergency

H&F is serious about tackling climate change. In 2019 we declared a climate emergency and set the goal of producing net zero carbon emissions by 2030. We also pioneered a special UN curriculum on climate change.

If you’re aged 11-20 and would like to help fight climate change in our borough, why not join our Youth Climate Ambassadors.

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