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Young eco-warriors head to Paris

Several budding young eco-warriors have won places to take part in the second Youth Eco-Parliament (YEP) to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

Organised in the UK by environmental compliance scheme Valpak, the YEP is an assembly of young Europeans aged between 14 and 16 that runs during European Environment week.

Schools from across the UK were asked to come up with a project to make their local area more environmentally friendly. And after a tough judging process the entries were narrowed down to three schools: St James Catholic High School in Barnet, Newquay Tretherras School, and Banbridge High School in Northern Ireland.

The schools will now put their ideas into action, and team up with other schools in Europe and Canada, working with the motto to “Act local, think global.”

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough said: “The Eco-Parliament is a chance for the young delegates to put their ideas to an audience of political, industrial and academic leaders and teach them a few lessons about taking responsibility for the future of our planet.”

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