Richard Sandbrook Environmental Conference

Big names join ‘The Big Green Thing’

On Friday 12th October, many schools gathered together at Dauntsey’s for an inspirational schools’ conference on environmental issues, organised by the staff and pupils from ‘The Big Green Thing’.

Named after Old Dauntseian, Richard Sandbrook - founder of Friends of the Earth UK - the conference was a huge success with many local school communities engaging in the three themes: Changes, Challenges and Choices. Richard Sandbrook’s son Ben gave the opening address in which he talked about his father’s motivation for getting involved in green issues and the ingredients that made him so effective in gaining support from a wide variety of people and organisations.

Other highlights included a keynote speech from environmentalist and writer, Jonathon Porritt and a lively interview session with adventurer and TV presenter, Simon Reeve. Everyone also enjoyed presentations from Professor Simon Stuart of Bath University on Endangered Species and Clare Allman from Ecover on bringing environmentally sound products to the market.

Alongside the lectures there were student presentations, film clips, workshops and even a bit of street dance, creating a lively, purposeful atmosphere in which everyone could get involved.

Conference organiser, James O'Hanlon said, "We were delighted that so many high-profile environmentalist took time out to contribute to our conference and hope that everyone left more aware and more prepared to take on the environmental challenges that we all face”

The ‘Big Green Thing’ would like to thank Ecover, RSPB, The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Malaby Biogas, Sea Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Centre (Dalyan, Turkey), Bath University, Bionova, The Richard Sandbrook Trust, Francis Moran, Andrew Brown, Nigel Yates, Hannah Milburn and David Zammit for their contribution to making the day such a huge success.

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