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Engineering Students Discuss Solutions To Climate Crisis

D & T students in classroom

To mark Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, run by Engineering UK, students at St Paul’s took part in a schools’ Conference of Parties (COP) to discuss how engineers are at the heart of tackling the climate crisis.

In lessons throughout the week D & T students watched films of inspiring engineers who talked about how the companies they work for are trying to tackle climate change. The students also debated ideas and came up with suggestions for how we can all help to achieve net zero.

D & T Teacher, Harriet Goodman, said: “We had some really interesting discussions in the classrooms and our students came up with so many good ideas around themes such as recycling, energy efficiency, smarter travel and the economy.”

Ideas included using more sustainable building materials for houses with the use of mycelium and recycling old materials, in addition to insulating walls with grass and natural materials. Students also explored the idea of a circular economy where products are made to be more durable and are repaired, reused and recycled rather than thrown away. Smart schools of the future were discussed with suggestions that schools would lead the way in planting trees, fruit trees and vegetables, all watered by schools’ waste water.

The schools’ ideas are being collated by Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and will be sent to Members of Parliament.

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