Two students from Cockermouth have set up a new network for young people in Cumbria who want to help prevent climate change.

The group, UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) Cumbria, has three main aims, to:

  • reduce the use of single-use plastics and other non-reusable materials in schools
  • discuss the impacts of the proposed new coal mine with the community and Cumbria County Council, and encourage them to take the necessary steps to prevent it going ahead
  • pressurize Cumbria County Council to declare a climate emergency

Students from several schools across the county have already joined the group. The organisers, Isabella and Clare, would love to see as many young people as possible get involved.

They envisage that the network will meet online initially, and they’re already planning their first activity to raise awareness about the group – a county-wide poetry competition for schools.

The group is linked in with the national UKSCN, which will offer some support to the Cumbrian group.

Isabella and Clare are encouraging any other young people who’d like to take part to get in touch with them via Instagram (@ukscn_cumbria) or email ukscncumbria@gmail.com.