Climate cops teach Sunderland kids about crimes against the environment

Youngsters at Dubmire Primary School and MP Bridget Philipson (standing) learn about the environment with Climate Cops.

Youngsters at Dubmire Primary School and MP Bridget Philipson (standing) learn about the environment with Climate Cops.

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CLIMATE cops have been called in to teach young Wearsiders how to look after the planet.

Pupils from Dubmire Primary School were joined by their MP, Bridget Philipson, to learn about climate change.

The youngsters were shown how to become greener and more energy efficient, with the help of npower’s Climate Cops.

A group of 60 students from Year 5 at the Houghton school were shown some simple ways to save energy in an exciting and engaging way.

The interactive day was filled with activities including generating electricity with body movement and using thermal imaging cameras to see how much heat is emitted from the human body.

More than 9,800 children nationally took part in Climate Cops Academy days in 2010 and the programme has reached 38,000 students since it began in November 2007.

Headteacher Joan Hobbs said: “The children really enjoyed the day.

“It taught them about saving energy in a fun, engaging way.

“They’ve learnt some simple ways to conserve energy that will make a big difference to the school, their homes and the environment.”

Ms Philipson said: “I really enjoyed the activities.

“It is very important to get young people thinking about how they use energy and how they can save energy in their homes and school every day.”

Clare McDougall, head of community and education at npower said she was delighted with the enthusiastic response by teachers and pupils at Dubmire Primary.

She said: “It’s wonderful that the Climate Cops programme is helping schools across the UK to become greener and more sustainable and is inspiring young people to get involved in energy efficiency themselves.”

The Climate Cops scheme travels around the country visiting schools to help them become greener.

For more information on the scheme, visit www.npower.com/climatecops.

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