After receiving a stack of climate change letters from year 5’s at Southbourne Junior School Gillian Keegan MP went to visit them (Friday 7th June).
Class teacher, Miss Hadley said, 'In year 5 we had worked really hard to be able to write formal, persuasive letters to Mrs Keegan on a topic that we are all very passionate about. When Gillian replied asking to visit the children they were unbelievably excited and proud that their letters had inspired her to come and meet them.'
Gillian was visibly impressed by the huge amount of work done by the school to improve the environment, which is now powered by solar panels.
Listening to the children, Gillian was told how every pupil is an Eco-Worrier. They have a single-use plastic free day, a meadow to promote wildlife and do regular litter picks to keep the school tidy.
Gillian explained to the children she has done similar things having taken part in the ‘give up plastics for Lent campaign’ and as a Champion for the ‘Against Litter Campaign.’
Mrs Buncle, Eco-warrior leader said, ‘Eco-warriors are passionate about their environment, so they were thrilled when Gillian Keegan visited to tell us what the government were doing.’
Gillian said ‘I learnt a huge amount from the kids at Southbourne. The younger generation know so much about climate change and are full of passion and ideas. They are working hard to do what they can and inspired me to keep doing the same.’
After the visit one of the year fives said, she told us how optimistic she was that we were helping our planet. She answered all our questions and asked us about what we are doing to help our planet.'