Young people from Eco-Schools across Wales will meet in Cardiff for the first time this month to discuss an important issue- The Wales That They Want for the future.
Keep Wales Tidy is preparing to host the first ever Senior Eco-Committee conference at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay on 24th March 2014.
In the first of its kind, Senior Eco Committee members from Eco-Schools around Wales will join Peter Davies, Wales’ Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee and Brid Conneely, International Director of the Eco-Schools Programme, at the National Assembly as part of the Welsh Government’s “National Conversation” on the Future Generation (Wales) Bill.
At the launch of the National Conversation on 18 February 2014, Jeff Cuthbert, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty said: “This Conversation is about the kind of Wales we want to see in the future. What sort of Wales do today’s 15 year olds want to live in when they are adults? The National Conversation will help us to set the agenda for Wales.”
Award winning Welsh actor and Keep Wales Tidy Ambassador, Michael Sheen, attended the launch of the National Conversation at the Wales Millennium Centre in support of the Bill that is due to become law next year.
Eco-Schools is an international programme delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy. The programme allows young people to lead the way and combined with action based learning, creates an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path to improving their school and local community. Pupils are elected to their Eco-Committees to represent their schools locally and nationally.
The Senior Eco-Committee conference’s launch will give pupils the chance to meet to discuss a range of topics that affect Wales, including issues that affect our environment, education, transport and economy. The conversation will take place in the Youth Chamber, where pupils will have the chance to put their views and questions to senior political figures of Wales.