Teens looking for answers

Students from North Tyneside and Gateshead at the Saville Exchange in North Shields for the annual North Tyneside Big Green Question Time.  Pictured is George Sury from Whitley Bay High School.

Students from North Tyneside and Gateshead at the Saville Exchange in North Shields for the annual North Tyneside Big Green Question Time. Pictured is George Sury from Whitley Bay High School.

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STUDENTS have been quizzing green experts on the environment as part of a question-and-answer session.

Dozens of youngsters took part in the fourth annual North Tyneside Big Green Question Time, held last week at the Saville Exchange in North Shields.

More than 50 students aged between 14 and 18 from borough schools including Wallsend’s Burnside Business and Enterprise College and Churchill Community College, Tynemouth’s King’s School, Whitley Bay High School and Woodlawn School, also in Whitley Bay, took part.

This year’s theme was waste, recycling and re-using.

The teenagers put their questions to a panel made up of eco-campaigner Steve Elmsley, Sita UK regional manager Andrew Hughes, green activist Frances Hinton and Catherine Lyons, senior manager for waste at North Tyneside Council.

Also on the panel were Daniel O’Connor, waste manager at Newcastle University, and Michael Blades, an energy officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Ellie Clark, 16, of Whitley Bay High School, said: “It’s made me think about how much we could all do, especially when you hear about what is being done in other parts of Europe.

“There are certainly lessons we can learn.

“It’s so vital that we look to recycle more and do as much as we can to reduce our carbon footprint. I’m sure this question and answer session will inspire people to go and make a difference.”

The event was held by North Tyneside Council in partnership with North Tyneside Friends of the Earth and supported by Traidcraft.