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Climate change summit staged in Gloucestershire town

Bigger issues than the World Cup and even Brexit (there, we've said it) were tackled at a special summit on climate change staged in a small Gloucestershire town.

More than 100 school children made their voices heard at the event too, which flew under the radar of national news but drew political interest.

While the nation's popular consciousness and eyes were firmly fixed on outcomes on the pitch in Russia The Great Nailsworth Carbon Challenge week-end was staged at town's Arkell Community Centre.

David Drew MP visited the workshop on the Saturday to show his support for the work of the Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT) group.

Organisers said Mr Drew declared himself fully behind the idea that we need to take practical and achievable steps to help enhance communities while reducing our carbon footprint.

There were more than 100 entries from primary school children for a logo competition called Nailsworth - Our Town, Our Future, showing the commitment of the younger generation to change.

The winning entry will be revealed at the end of the summer term and is set to decorate a limited edition Our Town Our Future reusable shopping bag on sale soon.

Attendees were able to get information on retro-fitting of housing, as well as advice on financial support from the SWEA Warm & Well scheme.

There was also an inspiring stand on how to reduce the use of plastics in the home.

An environmental art exhibition by students of local artist Alison Vickery, inspired by Sir David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet 2' series, was also on show.

The main goal was to offer practical ideas on reducing our carbon footprint in areas such as transport, energy and heating, food and diet, and so on.

To find out more visit NCAT's website www.ncat.btck.co.uk or the Facebook page of the Nailsworth Climate Action Town.

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