Exmouth primary school's 'Dragon's Den' on sustainability

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 July 2018

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainability

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainability

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Youngsters from an Exmouth primary school have taken part in a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation to demonstrate their ideas for environmental sustainability.

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainabilityWithycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainability

Year five pupils from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School were joined by town leaders and environmental campaigners as they showed how they aim to reach the 17 sustainable United Nations development goals by 2030.

They worked in small groups to come up with ideas and the best ones were presented to a panel that included mayor Jeff Trail, green party councillor Robert Masding and Andy Lock from Transition Exmouth.

Teacher Lorraine Cummings, who helped organise the event, said: “The whole year group really embraced this project and I was so proud of the way they conveyed their ideas during their presentations.

“They put in a huge amount of work, starting with some detailed research and ending with some impassioned concepts, some of which could genuinely be taken forward in Exmouth.

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainabilityWithycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainability

“We’re very grateful to our guests for coming along to discuss the ideas and for motivating the children further.”

The youngsters spent the morning deciding how they might tackle sustainability problems, creating posters and power-point presentations based on their research.

Nearly all the groups recognised that beaches and oceans are being polluted with plastics, explaining they wanted to protect Exmouth’s coastline and wildlife.

Some of the ideas focused on reducing single-use plastics, coming up with alternatives to things like plastic straws and cutlery.

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainabilityWithycombe Raleigh Primary School's presentation on sustainability

One presentation showed some images of animals being affected by the man-made resource.

Another group thought families could be encouraged to shop more locally, devising a packaging system which would use red labels for products with high food miles, green for moderate, and gold for locally produced food.

Cllr Trail gave a brief talk to the children about the role of active citizens, explaining that people like councillors and school governors actively make a difference to our communities.

All pupils who participated in the project received a certificate at the end of the event.

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