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Crawley teen chosen to speak at major youth eco-summit

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A pupil from Thomas Bennett Community College has been selected to join a major new youth-led eco-initiative taking place on 13 October 2020.

Mya Bambrick (18), who lives in Crawley, secured her place after winning one of three seats up for grabs on the panel at the forthcoming Youth Against Carbon Conference (YAC Con). The event is a brand new initiative being powered by insurer Zurich UK to provide a platform for young people to get their voices heard in the climate discussion.

Mya won her place after impressing organisers with her strong passion for the natural world and environment and how she has been inspiring others to care about the world around them through her blogs, vlogs and photography. Mya has also been running campaigns and projects to create more wildlife areas in schools, including at her own, Thomas Bennett Community College.  The teen is also a council member for Sussex Ornithological Society, where she helps engage the next generation with birds and conservation and an ambassador for The Cameron Bespolka Trust, a charity inspiring a love of nature and wildlife amongst young people.

Streamed lived on Tuesday 13th October at 6.30-7.00PM on Zurich UK’s Instagram (@zurich_uk) and Youtube channels, YAC Con will feature an all youth panel who will debate a range of topics including the war on waste, conservation, fast fashion, climate change education and climate justice.

The debate will be chaired by BAFTA Award winning TV presenter Maddie Moate and Mya will be joined by other young prominent environmentalists including Edinburgh based climate justice activist Mikaela Loach (22), Amy and Ella Meek, the Notts teens who founded eco-charity Kids Against Plastic and naturalist and chair of Black2Nature, 18 year-old Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl). The remaining two seats will be filled by two further competition winners Lysander Bickham and Zaqiya Cajee.

YAC Con heralds the UK’s first carbon-neutral summit for young climate activists and comes as research* by the organiser, Zurich Insurance, suggests young people are concerned climate change has fallen off the public agenda in the wake of the pandemic. Almost two thirds (61%) of young people worry the Government is only focused on the economy and a similar percentage (72%) believe tackling climate change should be a top priority for world leaders. Furthermore, a third (32%) of 7-17 year olds say they want better climate change education in school **.

Stuart Smith, Headteacher of Thomas Bennett CC said:

“We are so proud of Mya’s achievements both in and out of school. Her commitment to biodiversity and wildlife is outstanding. The fact she has been asked to speak at this summit is a real reflection of her expertise and how she is respected on these topics.’

Laura McAlpine, Head of Sustainability at Zurich, commented: “Climate change presents a very real threat for future generations and our planet. We are organising YAC Con to make sure it stays on the public agenda, while giving young people a platform to voice their concerns, take action and play their part in the UK’s transformation to a low carbon economy. We are delighted to welcome Mya to the panel and look forward to hearing her ideas and thoughts on what action the nation needs to take in the race against climate change”

Mya Bambrick said: I’m very excited to have been chosen to speak at the first Youth Against Carbon Conference. I’ve had an enormous passion for the environment and wildlife since the age of eight and am particularly interested in birds. I’m currently training as a bird ringer – helping to monitor bird populations  -and have been actively campaigning to get more young people to take up birdwatching. It’s so important to get the next generation involved in the conservation of our planet and YAC-Con is a great opportunity to drive awareness and action.”

Maddie Moate, chair of YAC Con commented: “For many young people, the impact of a changing climate is a huge concern, and one of the biggest threats the planet faces, yet so many young people feel helpless and confused about what they can do. If you’re one of these people, join us at YAC Con to hear more about what you can do to help change the world.”

The launch of YAC Con builds on Zurich’s existing commitments to reducing its environmental impact and supporting the global transition to a low carbon economy

For more information about YAC Con please visit: www.zurich.co.uk/yaccon or email yaccon@uk.zurich.com

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‘Don’t force children to go hungry’ says Crawley Council leader after MP’s vote against extending free school meals

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It was always going to cause a huge debate but following a vote in the commons yesterday a motion to extend free schools meals into the holiday period was rejected.

Now Crawley’s Council Leader had spoken out saying that up to 2,511 children in Crawley are now at risk of going hungry over the holidays.

In a statement Cllr Peter Lamb wrote:

“Even before the pandemic, a third of Crawley’s children were growing up in poverty. Now, with more families in Crawley facing unemployment than ever before, the need to ensure children from low-income households are fed through the school holidays has never been greater.”

Now Cllr Lamb has called on the government to extend free school meals into the school holidays, including the upcoming October half term and Christmas, saying this is the only way to ensure no child goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Lamb said:

“Crawley’s economy is suffering the impact of COVID-19 harder than anywhere else in the country, the government’s unwillingness to support the aviation sector having cost the town thousands of jobs with thousands more at risk. Now more than ever we need support for low-income families to ensure the mistakes of the government don’t force children to go hungry.”

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