Hebden kids get climate clever
Thursday, 15 February 2007
Clever kids are teaching the grown-ups a thing or two in Hebden Bridge.
Calderdale Climate Challenge’s schools advisor, Heather Morgan is touring the Calderdale area visiting primary schools to talk to children about what causes climate change. She has already visited more than 20 schools, including Riverside and Stubbins.
“It’s fantastic to hear the children’s questions,” says Heather, “but it’s even more amazing when they already know what’s causing climate change and what they can do to help stop it. They can certainly teach us grown-ups a thing or two about saving energy and cutting carbon-dioxide emissions!”
In her talk, Heather explains that even though we live in rainy West Yorkshire, climate change isn’t a good thing. It won’t necessarily mean warmer weather, but is already contributing to the freak gales and floods we have been suffering.
Using a roll of fluffy cotton wool around the globe, Heather illustrates that greenhouse gases, especially carbon-dioxide, are trapping in more and more heat from the sun.
Heather would love to see schools setting up eco-clubs, organising climate clever competitions and incorporating energy efficiency into.
“Even something as simple as having monitors to switch off unused lights, turn off taps and close external doors can make a big difference,” she says.