Corwen pupils encourage simple changes to tackle world-wide climate change

A Corwen primary school duo say the simplest changes can really make a big difference to the future of our climate and ecology.

Ysgol Caer Drewyn pupils Lily and Eleanor are the winners of the KS1 category for Denbighshire County Council’s Postcards from the Future competition.

Denbighshire pupils were asked to deliver a message back through time to help us understand how to create a better future for ourselves in the county and across the world.

They were asked to imagine we had moved to 2050 and send a postcard back to their younger selves to explain how climate change is potentially impacting on their lives.

The Council received a total of 350 entries for the competition and the winning entries were chosen by Zero Carbon Britain at The Centre for Alternative Technology from a competition designed to tackle climate change back from the future.

Lily and Eleanor looked at how they could help both the oceans and rainforests and their inhabitants recover from climate and ecological change in 2050.

In the entry Lily explained: “We have more rainforests in 2050 because you used sustainable palm oil, picked up your rubbish and used less plastic. There are more animals living in the wild, keep up the good work.”

And Eleanor added: “Because of you there is more animals in the ocean, so keep up the good work. Keep picking up rubbish, you are making a real difference. Wait till 2050!”

The duo along with other pupils have been currently learning about rainforests with Chester Zoo, the impact of the use of palm oil and have recently adopted an Orangutan.

Pupils recently found out about how ‘Reuse, Recycle and Renew’ can make an important difference when tackling climate change.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Lily and Eleanor have really shown us how just doing the simplest of things like picking up rubbish locally and watching what products we use daily can make a huge difference to climate change, not just in the county but world-wide.

“Their message from the future is something certainly we will take on board as a Council to play our part in reducing the impact of climate change.

Councillor Arwel Roberts, Chairman of Denbighshire County Council said: “It was great to meet Lily and Eleanor, to hear their passion at such a young age for tackling climate change in Denbighshire and much further afield, well done to both.”

Pupils at Ysgol Caer Drewyn have again be acknowledged for all their eco work and have had their Platinum status from Keep Wales Tidy retained for the ninth year.

Denbighshire County Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019 and committed to seeking to become a Net Carbon Zero and Ecologically Positive Council by 2030.

All winners will receive a selection of environmental books for the school, a talk from the County Council’s Biodiversity Team and a collection of plug plants to help create or improve a wildflower area. Their winning postcards will also be read out at a future Full Council meeting

The competition was also supported by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) zero carbon Britain. CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change.