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Seventh B&NES Youth Climate Summit, February 2015

Organised by Greenvision, the conference was again held at the Kingswood Sports Pavilion.

Fourteen students attended from Ralph Allen School as part of a total of 75 including students from Kingswood, Norton Hill, KES and other B&NES schools.

Whilst the summit's title suggests a focus on climate change, there were a wide range of interactive workshops and informative talks on offer.  

Food was provided by Fairshare, a charity which collects consumables from large retailers which have been deemed as unusable due to packaging issues (for example, incorrect labelling or barcodes) or cosmetic reasons. The food is then distributed to a range of charities and community projects free or nearly-free of charge.

Developed by students, for students the summit draws young people from across B&NES and creates a forum for the exchange of ideas on sustainable themes, including:   

- building bug hotels to provide secure environments for insects

- bike maintenance

- how to design safer streets for cycling

- designing and making jewellery from waste

- Eco-architecture, both passive features (air, light, materials) and renewable energy use (including a workshop with Fergus Feilden, architect of The Rose Building and The Lee Sixth Form Centre at Ralph Allen School)

- rhythm using indigenous music from Cameroon

- being a sustainable engineering consultant (Buro Happold)

- conservation in the world's oceans and in Kenya

Mr Steve Paisley, who oversaw the Ralph Allen students who organised the conference, said, ‘Comments from our students attending the summit included:  "Interesting and engaging",  "Innovative",  "Thought provoking" and "Learning about the plight of the Baka people of Cameroon helped me appreciate the similarities and differences of our two cultures".  Once again Ralph Allen students were excellent ambassadors of the school volunteering insightful questions and observations and impressing the organisers, Greenvision.’