Ysgol Clwedog

In the run up to COP26, pupils from Ysgol Clywedog took to the stage at the famous Tedx Talks, where they were invited to express their concerns about climate change and their worries for the future of the environment.

They decided to spread the word about the importance of bees.

A number of schools across North Wales school took part with Ysgol Clywedog representing Wrexham. They worked with colleagues from GwE and Glyndwr University to articulate why we should advance the need to address the global warming crisis.

Nicholas Brown, head of geography at Ysgol Clywedog, said: “The school’s eco-taskforce decided to take part in the project as, for our Year 11s, this is the culmination of 3 years of hard work trying to improve the environment for our school and community.

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“The group had to submit a test video to GwE, and from this they were selected to take part in the TEDx talks. This was an amazing experience for all five pupils and, even more importantly, they have inspired many other pupils in our school. Their video has been played in front of world leaders and is now on the official TEDx site.

“Our entire school community is incredibly proud of all they have achieved.”

One of the pupils who took part in the talk, Maddie Salisbury, said: “Climate change will be the defining issue of our generation and many yet to come and we felt it was our duty to stand up and tell our leaders that we want change.

“We chose to talk about bees and biodiversity as this is something we are focused on in the eco-taskforce and something we can have the power to improve in our homes, schools and communities. We have worked hard since 2019 to boost the local biodiversity and will do this further when we introduce an apiary to school with three hives and thousands of bees. We ask the people of Wrexham to help our bees and other pollinators thrive by planting lots of wild flowers and trying not to mow the lawn or weed the garden as often as they usually might.”

Cllr Phil Wynn, lead member for education, said: “We are very proud of these pupils and applaud them for representing Wrexham with such an important message on internationally renowned stage. They have worked very hard within their school community to improve the environment and biodiversity, and have projects coming up that mean they will continue to do so during their remaining year at Ysgol Clywedog.”

You can see the Ysgol Clywedog eco-taskforce’s appearance at the TEDx Talks on You Tube, where you can also see a video introducing all the North Wales schools that took part.

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