A Bridport Town Councillor Says Children in Dorset Need to Learn about Climate Change to Protect the County's Future
4:08pm 5th March 2014
(Updated 9:36am 6th March 2014)
Children in Bridport have been raising worries about the environmental future of their town.
15 young people from different schools in the area, Sir John Colfox, St Mary's, Bridport, Powerstock and Symondsbury Primary schools, joined together to draw solutions for some of these issues today (Wednesday 5th March).
Wessex FM went along and spoke to the children about problems they had identified in the town which included Bridport having too many cars, residents leaving lights on and using too much water, and people taking electricity for granted after losing it during recent storms.
Suggestions to help the future included growing vegetables in Bridport, raising more animals, encouraging public transport and putting houses at risk of flooding on stilts. They also all agreed that other children their age didn't understand the dangers of climate change and that educating them would help protect the environment.
The day long event was all organised by the group - Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset- as part of National Climate Week (March 3rd - 9th), in Bridport Town hall. Rupert Lloyd from the group stated that they're hoping to hold an event with Dorchester children next.
Councillor Dave Rickard, Chairman of Bridport Town Council's Environment Committee and also Chairman of Transition Town Bridport, went along to talk to the children about what they had learnt.
Cllr Dave Rickard told Wessex FM that it was imperative more children learn about climate change to ensure Dorset's future, "If you've seen the devastation to farmland over the last weeks and months you'll realise that rural areas may be even more crucial to the survival of our planet and our country- they're providing the food."