School children leading the way on the environment

Following a year long quest, today 22 children are representing Britain’s 4 million schoolchildren to present their manifesto for a greener Britain to MPs. A group of bright young children from across the UK will set out their plan at meetings with Ed Miliband, Secretary Of State For Energy and Climate Change and Greg Barker, Shadow Minister for Climate Change

The Generation Green think tank has been set up by British Gas as part of its Generation Green schools programme.

The manifesto is calling for the following:

• All UK schools to set clear goals to cut their carbon and to be able to see how much energy they are using, so they can work with their teachers to find ways to cut down;
• Green issues to become a part of every lesson on the school timetable and for teachers to be given more training and support to help them do this;
• All schools to be given Government funding for green energy, in the same way as schools are given funding for books and other essentials;
• A ban on the standby button – stopping manufacturers from making electrical items with standby buttons;
• Government to make it easier for people to recycle by putting more recycling bins in public places like parks, city centres and restaurants;
• Government to make it easier for local businesses to recycle their waste.