In a world where forest fires, animal extinctions and record temperatures reach the headlines on a daily basis, it is more important than ever for younger generations to step up and take responsibility for the way we interact with the world around us. At the 12th B&NES Youth Climate Summit taking place on 14 February, around 150 Bath school students are hoping to do exactly that. For the first time ever, the summit will be held at King Edward’s School’s main site, enabling a record number of local schools to attend.

With speakers ranging from Green Party member, Fay Whitfield to Michael Pitts, an underwater photographer, Alisdair Naulls from the Marine Conservation Society and sustainable business leaders from organisations including Sustrans (the UK walking and cycling charity) and Grow Bristol, there will be many diverse and current topics discussed. There will also be workshops available to further consider in small groups the issues raised by our speakers.

The one-day event is intended to inspire students to think about the changes they can make in their schools to be more sustainable, display the wide variety of environmentally-oriented careers that are available and build their discussion skills in a friendly environment. With a record number of pupils attending, this year’s summit promises to be a busy, fulfilling and fun day.

As always, the event wouldn’t be possible without the amazing team of sixth form facilitators from King Edward’s School and Norton Hill School. Likewise, it’s extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship from Hartley Farm, which has sustainability at the heart of all its produce.

Schools attending the Summit include Hayesfield, KES, Kingswood, Norton Hill, Prior Park College, Ralph Allen, St Laurence and St Mark’s.