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UAW students campaign for environmental changes - 09/04/2018

Over the last half term students in Year 7 at the University Academy Warrington (UAW) have been studying the major environmental issues our planet faces, such as deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and the lasting effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. A topic which really struck a chord with students was the issue of ‘plastic oceans’ and the extreme impact this is having on marine life. 

During a recent Geography lesson, students were given the opportunity to write a letter to members of the government expressing their concerns, providing some solutions and explaining how they will be changing their own lives through recycling. A selection of the best letters were then sent to the Prime Minister, Theresa May. 

To the students’ surprise, they recently received a response from the correspondence officer at 10 Downing Street thanking them for their “excellent letters” and for taking time to research and raise the issues. The government have now forwarded these letters on to the Department for Education, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as they are responsible for government policy on plastic oceans. 

Mr Hinchliffe, teacher of Geography at the Academy, said: “The students produced fantastic letters that clearly explained why they were concerned about the environment and what they would do about it.”