An army of Exmouth schoolchildren will become climate champions, tasked with saving the planet and highlighting to the town the importance of protecting the environment.
Next month youngsters at Exmouth’s eight primary schools will attend a climate conference, taking part in a series of workshops to tackle environmental issues.
Exmouth’s mayor, Councillor Steve Gazzard, who instigated the conference, said the aim was to empower youngsters to address the impacts of climate change, and spread the message that the time to act was now.
Cllr Gazzard said: “This came about because of a visit I had with Marpool School about the environment, and other issues.
“I was so impressed with their responses, and how they would like to see the environment, and ideas on what they would like to do, I thought it would be beneficial that we hold a school conference.”
Exmouth Town Council said the conference would address the impacts of climate change, and the effects of pollution and waste on the environment, wildlife and sea life.
The council said it proposed to use the younger generation of Exmouth – those most likely to be most affected by a climate crisis – to help promote the message of the need to act now.
Councillors this month backed a proposal to deliver the Protecting the Environment conference to Exmouth’s eight primary schools.
A spokeswoman for Exmouth Town Council said: “Children can be very enthusiastic and good at delivering the message in the home environment.
“We hope to film parts of the day to capture this enthusiasm to help us communicate this message out to the community.”
Exmouth Town Council said workshops would be delivered by Devon County Council’s waste management team, Wild Exmouth, East Devon District Council’s countryside team, Clinton Devon Estates, The Environment Agency, Exmouth Wildlife Group, the Exe Estuary Partnership, Jurassic Coast Trust, Exmouth in Bloom, Suez and East Devon District Council.