Schools eco summit earns MSP’s support

Pupils at Sanderson's Wynd PS, Tranent, with Iain Gray MSP during the Sustainability Summit.

Pupils at Sanderson's Wynd PS, Tranent, with Iain Gray MSP during the Sustainability Summit.

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East Lothian MSP Iain Gray has praised the success of the fifth East Lothian schools Sustainability Summit.

The Labour politician visited Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School in Tranent recently to join other guest speakers at the annual event, which was attended by pupils from Loretto RC Primary School, St Martin’s RC Primary School and Preston Lodge High School.

The schools shared some of their work on sustainability and discussed ideas for future projects with the guest speakers, who included Stuart MacPherson, biodiversity officer from East Lothian Council, and two of the council’s recycling advisers.

Mr Gray said: “I want to thank the pupils and staff at Sanderson’s Wynd for inviting me along to speak at their Sustainability Summit. It was a great event, with lots of enthusiasm and some fantastic ideas from the children about things their schools can do to become more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

“This is the fifth time Sanderson’s Wynd has organised this event and the school should be congratulated for taking such a lead on this issue. That is why I thought it should be marked by a motion in the Scottish Parliament for all to see.

“Initiatives like this summit are important, not only because they help to address immediate practical concerns, but also because they help to inspire children to think about the world around them and what we should be doing to protect and conserve it.

“The most important point I tried to make to the children was how important their role is in encouraging their parents and grandparents to change their ways when it comes to recycling, saving energy and leaving the car at home. I did say they should do that politely!”

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