Prescott learns about green credentials

By on 22/09/2009 in News

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is set to visit Yardley's School in Birmingham as part of a whistle-stop tour of the UK to promote the issue of climate change.

Mr Prescott is due to visit the school on Wednesday (September 23) to learn about the work of pupils - who are at the forefront of Birmingham's efforts to tackle the issue.

The New Earth Deal schools tour will see Mr Prescott visit four schools nationally in three days - and Yardley's is the only in the Midlands region.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, whose portfolio covers sustainability, said: “The views of young people on the issue of climate change are hugely important, as they are the future generations that will be affected by whatever decisions are made by the politicians of today.

“Here in Birmingham we have a clear commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2026, and last year reduced our output by 103,000 tonnes - which shows how serious we are about this matter.

“Yardley's School has a very strong track record on the climate change and sustainability agenda, and I am sure that the pupils will leave a lasting impression on Mr Prescott and therefore the Government going into the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.”

John Prescott announces New Earth Deal schools tour – press release (pdf): NED school launch press release Sept8

Background notes on Yardley’s School and its eco efforts – pdf: Yardley eco background

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