Ursuline High School’s conference on climate change

24 August 2019


On 11th July 2019, Dr Pippa Maslin, our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mitcham and Morden, and London Assembly candidate for Merton and Wandsworth, was one of three speakers on the panel at Ursuline High School’s sixth-form conference on climate change.

John McLaverty, Oxfam’s Education and Youth Advisor, spoke about the impact of climate breakdown on the Global South. Dr Erin Plunkett, a lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, spoke about the morality of environmentalism, with a focus upon Pope Francis’s book on the environment, Laudato Si/Praised Be (2015). Pippa, who was invited in her capacity as a Green Party candidate, spoke about the role of local politics in tackling climate breakdown, with an emphasis upon getting involved and holding those in office to account.

Pippa is enormously grateful to Ursuline sixth-form and was delighted to see how they joined forces with St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls for the event. The conference left her feeling hopeful. She loved hearing what the students had to say and was pleased to hear afterwards that the feedback was very positive. Comments on the evaluation forms included:

‘It got a lot of students talking about the climate crisis and wanting to get involved.’

‘It is extremely important to have discussions about climate change - especially with the youth - to educate and raise awareness. It was interesting to have different speakers with different perspectives.’

‘I learnt a lot, felt well informed. Gave me different perspectives.’

‘It was very informative and well-organised. It gave me further insight into local politics, which was interesting.’

‘It was very informative and inspiring to listen to.’

‘I learnt a lot about what I can do as well as what climate change does to the planet.’

‘I learnt a lot of things and gained a lot of advice in regards to lobbying and making a change as a young person.’

‘I loved the guest speakers.’

‘I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with others my age on such an important issue.’

‘Very interesting and it gave me ideas on how I can help now.’

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