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04 Dec 2009
Signing the pledge
A group of school pupils became the first people to sign up to
the Brent Climate Change Pledge when it was launched on 2 December
2009. They took the pledge during a day-long public event organised
by Groundwork London, which unveiled Brent's Climate Change
Brent's strategy is believed to be the first borough-wide
community-based strategy in London. It has been adopted by Brent
Council and partners in the Local Strategic Partnership such as
Brent police, fire brigade and NHS Brent. The launch comes as world
leaders prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen,
which runs from 7 - 18 December.
The strategy looks at how the borough needs to work to limit
climate change this century and prepare for its effects during the
coming decades. Brent Council is leading the campaign for local
people to cut their own greenhouse gases by signing up to Brent
Climate Change Pledge. The pledge details a number of small steps
that will add up to big changes.
Young members of the Eco Warriors committee from Roe Green
Junior School, Kingsbury, were among the 200 guests at the event.
The school has pupils from around the world, and the group included
youngsters with family in Sri Lanka and Iraq.
Headteacher Melissa Loosemore said: "Climate change affects them
directly. They are citizens of the world, as well as Brent. They
return home for holidays, and are in direct contact with their
parents and family, so they see the effects."
As one of the most diverse boroughs in Britain, Brent's
population will be affected even more by climate change than most.
Brent Council Leader Councillor Paul Lorber said: "We need everyone
in the borough to understand the impact climate change will have on
our community, and on the communities which we have links with all
over the world. We are all responsible for the changes that need to
take place if we are to get results. This is a strategy for
everyone who lives and works in Brent. We will be able to make a
real change if we all work together."
Picture shows: Ben Coles, Director of Groundwork West
London, Cllr Paul Lorber, Leader of Brent Council and pupils Naveen
Ramchandani, Shaniella Lewin, Saran Sritharan, Jennika Vadher, Ali
Reda, Thulsi Easwarakumar, Dimple Parmar, Bilal Abbasi, Harsh
Chudasama, Mahima Vekaria, all from years five and six.