On the wild side

14th December 2007 at 00:00
Secondary schools from every parliamentary region have been invited to take part in a day of activities at Holyrood early in the New Year, looking at environmental issues such as climate change and sustainable development.

The Scottish Parliament event will give young people the opportunity to engage with MSPs and learn about the political process.

On February 1, more than 100 senior pupils from across the country will attend workshops led by representatives from organisations such as the John Muir Trust and WWF.

Presentations will also be given by three Scottish Eco Schools: Portobello High, Edinburgh; Inverkeithing High, Fife; and Peebles High in the Scottish Borders. Pupils from Currie Community High, Edinburgh; Balfron High, Stirling; Turnbull High, Bishopbriggs; and Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen will put on displays.

Young people will debate the issues in the main chamber and attend discussions with the parliamentary committees for rural affairs and environment; transport, infrastructure and climate change; energy, economy and tourism; and public petitions.

Pupils will later have the opportunity to report to MSPs as part of ongoing committee inquiries.

The event will be webcast live and followed by an online forum to continue discussions.

Deputy presiding officer Trish Godman MSP, who is chairing the event, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for young people to explore important environmental issues and to learn about how they can help shape future policy."

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