People encouraged to rise to climate change challenge

A group of pupils have encouraged people to rise to the challenge of climate change.

Ysgol Carreg Emlyn pupils Gwydion, Magi, Liwsi and Caio are the KS2 winners  for Denbighshire County Council’s Postcards from the Future competition.

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.

The youngsters 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.

Denbighshire County 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.

Zero Carbon Britain picked Gwydion, Magi, Liwsi and Caio’s joint entry because of the ‘really positive’ vision of the future where we have risen to the climate emergency but also the recognition that there will still be the need to keep working.

In the entry the pupils include that people are growing food for themselves along with flowers and trees in gardens, electricity is generated by windmills and solar panels, plus red squirrels have been saved and outnumber grey squirrels.

However, they urge people there is more work to be done to stop littering in the oceans to protect our sea life.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This is such a strong message of encouragement that we can rise to the challenge of climate change and by doing this we can make a difference.

“I am really taken by the way as well the winners still point out that we have to work to do this and this is something that we feel strongly about as a Council to try and tackle the impact of climate change locally.”

Councillor Arwel Roberts, Chairman of Denbighshire County Council said: “I am really impressed by the strength of this message. It’s a message we should all take note of, if we play our part, we can make a difference, but we have to put in the work to make sure we can overcome climate change.”

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.