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Crawley MP welcomes Prime Minister’s ‘ambitious’ environmental commitments at G7 summit

Crawley’s Henry Smith MP has said he welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ambitious environmental commitments at the recent G7 summit in France.

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The Prime Minister pledged £10 million to protect and restore the Amazon rainforest which is currently suffering from record numbers of forest fires. He also backed the Crawley MP’s calls for new targets to tackle biodiversity loss and increase marine protections.

The £10 million will be invested through the UK Department for International Development’s Partnerships for Forests programme to support local communities to help protect the Amazon. The Government also pledged to double their commitment to the international Green Climate Fund over the next four years to £1.44 billion, which invests in projects tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

Henry said;

“The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen and is home to at least 10 per cent of the known species in the world.

“The damage being done by the forest fires is irreparable, destroying homes and habitats, and releasing smoke, CO2, and toxic levels of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and surrounding communities.

“So it’s absolutely right that the international community steps up to help and I’m proud that the UK has pledged £10 million to support local efforts to fight these devastating fires.”

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, commented;

“The fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest are not only heartbreaking, they are an international crisis.

“We stand ready to provide whatever help we can to bring them under control and help protect one of Earth’s greatest wonders.”

The Prime Minister also backed Henry’s calls for 30 per cent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030, and expand the Blue Belt Programme, which is a series of marine protected areas spanning across the UK’s Overseas Territories.

MPs from the Conservative Environment Network Parliamentary Caucus called for additional marine protections in the CEN Manifesto, and met with the previous Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to discuss funding to extend the Blue Belt marine conservation programme.

Henry added;

“Less than 10 per cent of the world’s oceans are protected, but we know how vital they are for all life on our blue planet. That’s why it’s so important that we increase our ambition and aim for at least 30 per cent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030, and I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has called on other countries around the world to support this campaign as well.

“It’s also great news that the Government is investing an additional £7 million to expand the Blue Belt programme in the UK’s Overseas Territories. The territories are home to over 500 threatened species and at least a quarter of the world’s penguins; they need to be protected.”

The Prime Minister has also called for strong international targets to reverse biodiversity loss at the upcoming international summit on the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15).

Henry said;

“We can’t allow our children to grow up in a world without iconic species like giraffes, elephants and tigers. Yet these species are in quick decline, and we must do more to protect them. I will continue to campaign for greater action to conserve these important species, and look forward to seeing the outcome of the upcoming international biodiversity summit in China.”

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Tilgate Primary School praised by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Oaks Primary School and Nursery was judged as continuing to be a good school that is highly ambitious for its pupils.

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The inspection took place on the last Wednesday of the school year in July and the report states that the school has a:

cohesive, knowledgeable and influential team of senior and middle leaders who are highly ambitious for pupils”.

The report also acknowledges how positive the pupils and parents feel about the school:

“Pupils enjoy school. They are enthusiastic, keen and inquisitive learners…(the pupils) said that lessons are fun and make them think hard”. “Parents praised the staff’s efforts to provide children with good opportunities to learn and ensure that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. One parent said, ‘My daughter loves the school.’ Parents particularly value the way staff support their children to develop good personal and social skills”.

There is also praise for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the impact of collaborative work between the TKAT schools:

“Leaders at all levels benefit from their collaborative work with The Kemnal Academies Trust. From schools within this multi-academy trust (MAT), leaders meet together to share good practice and update their knowledge”.

Alan Gunn, Headteacher of the school said,

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report. We have a highly dedicated and skilled staff who are all committed to giving all our children the best possible start to life.

Everyone works very hard to ensure The Oaks is a fantastic place for our children to learn and grow as successful, confident and responsible individuals. I am so proud of our children and the staff and it is great that our efforts have been acknowledged by Ofsted.

The report has highlighted a number of our strengths and that we continue to strive to provide good level of education. It has also confirmed ways that we can continue to improve on to ensure even greater success in the future.”

The full report can be read on the School’s website by clicking here.

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