North East pupils get eco lessons during Climate Week

STUDENTS from North East schools will today be given first-hand experience of climate change.

STUDENTS from North East schools will today be given first-hand experience of climate change.

As part of Climate Week, which runs until March 18, they will have the opportunity to experience climate change science first hand in a working laboratory, thanks to Durham University’s Climate Change Schools Project and the Tipping Points project.

Tipping point is a research venture based at Durham’s Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience (IHRR).

The students are from St Anthony’s Girls’ School in Sunderland and All Saints VA Church of England School in Stockton. The aim is to give students a broader understanding of climate change via a hands-on experience, using microscopes to examine fossils and analyse sediment samples.

During the sessions, the pupils will meet scientists who work on climate change research projects, take part in pollen analyses which can explain past climate change and experience a working research laboratory.

Both schools are members of the Climate Change Schools Project, an award-winning educational programme based at the Science Learning Centre North East.

The project aims to put climate change at the heart of the national curriculum and encourages schools to work with their local community to spread knowledge of and take positive action on climate change messages.

The Tipping Points project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, provides IHRR with an opportunity to explore tipping points – moments where everything suddenly changes.

Professor Dave Petley, director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, said: “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st Century. We welcome this opportunity to engage young people with the latest research that we are undertaking to understand the ways in which the climate has changed in the past and the implications this has for the future”.

Dr Krista McKinzey, climate change schools project manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for young people to gain experience of a real working lab researching cutting-edge climate science. “

As part of Climate Week, a Green Fair was held at Northumbria University on Tuesday with stalls and information on sustainable living, green tourism and eco-friendly transport.

Yesterday property developer Peter Millican, Visiting Professor to Northumbria’s School of the Built and Natural Environment, gave a lecture on the development of King’s Place in London.

Tim Hall, environmental adviser at Northumbria University, said: “The threat to global climate change from increasing carbon dioxide emissions is now very well established. So it’s right that Climate Week establishes sustainability as a priority and promotes the need to incorporate sustainability into our daily lives.”

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