Students Host Climate Change Debate with Local MP

Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South, visited the school in May to discuss Climate Change with members of the Debating Society and Year 10 English pupils.

On Friday 17th May South Wirral’s Debating Society alongside pupils from Miss Green’s English Class presented their thoughts and opinions on the “Global Effect of Climate Change and how local communities and schools could help combat this”, to Labour MP Alison McGovern.

Chaired by Duncan Doyle and compared by Autumn Cooke, the presentation began with Autumn explaining the effects of climate change and how the news is often overshadowed with information surrounding Brexit and how more could be done to combat this ever growing crisis. Joshua Gerrard then took to the platform to discuss people who influence our ideas about climate change, followed by powerful and thought-wrenching speeches from Georgia Patterson, Will Humpreys, Leah Jackson and Leonie Smith.

The Debating Society Team (Duncan Doyle, Abbie Wilkinson, Nerys Galvin and Jack O’Reilly) then discussed thoughts surrounding “Were the actions of the Extinction Rebellion Group justified in combatting climate change?”. Callum Heard and Mason Bennett rounded off the presentations proposing ideas as to how South Wirral High School could help (e.g. by cutting down on plastic usage).

A Question and Answer session ended the proceedings with Alison McGovern answering a wide variety of questions from the student panel and inviting the group to visit Westminster in the coming months. A lot was gained from the session and all pupils involved should feel very proud.

Special thanks to Miss Green, Miss Edwards, Mr Haslem and Miss Yates who helped out “behind the scenes”.

If anyone is interested in joining the Debating Society please see Mrs Barr in E1 for more details.

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