Chichester primary school students ask county council to declare ‘emergency climate alert’


Year 6 pupils at a Chichester primary school challenged the county council’s response on the impact of single use plastics and air pollution yesterday (Wednesday, May 15).

‘Passionate members’ of Jessie Younghusband School’s Eco Team were paid a visit by West Sussex county councillor Jeremy Hunt, after they had written to him asking for an ‘emergency climate alert’.

DM1952309a.jpg.  Jeremy Hunt visiting  Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164316008

DM1952309a.jpg. Jeremy Hunt visiting Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164316008


A spokesman for the school said: “The children, Theo A, Lucia, Isobel, Mia, Theo K, Alannah and Jasmine, first showed Mr Hunt some of the environmental areas at school and then asked him some questions. Mr Hunt was so impressed by the passion and views expressed by the children.

“They challenged Mr Hunt’s views and the council’s response on a variety of subjects including the impact of single use plastics and air pollution from vehicle exhaust fumes.”

Headteacher Mandy Sadler said it was ‘wonderful for the children’ to get involved in the debate.

She added: “We were delighted to welcome councillor Hunt into school to meet the children.

DM1952339a.jpg.  Jeremy Hunt visiting  Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. In the wildlife garden with, in front, Mia 11 and from left, Theo 11, Isabelle 10 and Jasmine 11. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164348008

DM1952339a.jpg. Jeremy Hunt visiting Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. In the wildlife garden with, in front, Mia 11 and from left, Theo 11, Isabelle 10 and Jasmine 11. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164348008


“Everyone agreed that this is a vitally important topic and one which needs to remain a priority to protect the environment for future generations.”

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex county councillor for Chichester North, said it is important that children take a keen interest in the subject as ‘it is their generation’s future’.

He said: “I had five or six letters from pupils about declaring an emergency climate alert, and asking for my support. They were very well written letters and very thoughtful. They all contained something slightly different.

“I wrote back to them individually, visited the school and spent time talking to the children. They were all very enthusiastic, asking questions.

DM1952313a.jpg.  Jeremy Hunt visiting  Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Looking at the vegetable patch with from left, Theo, Allanah and Lucia, all aged 11. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164327008

DM1952313a.jpg. Jeremy Hunt visiting Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Looking at the vegetable patch with from left, Theo, Allanah and Lucia, all aged 11. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164327008


“I spoke to the children about solar farms, electric cars, plastic and recycling initiates. We have more than 80 schools with solar panels and Jessie Younghusband is one of those.

“It’s their future and them and their children who will be affected. They are trying to say that we need to do something about it. That is the message. They are taking it very seriously and I was very impressed.”

DM1952296a.jpg.  Jeremy Hunt visiting  Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Puplis with, from left, Martin Tomlinson, chairman of the governors, cllr Jeremy Hunt, headteacher Mandy Sadler and teacher Rachel Ritchie. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164305008

DM1952296a.jpg. Jeremy Hunt visiting Jessie Younghusband School, Chichester. Puplis with, from left, Martin Tomlinson, chairman of the governors, cllr Jeremy Hunt, headteacher Mandy Sadler and teacher Rachel Ritchie. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-190515-164305008




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