Exclusive by Jill Dando News reporters
Awesome Archie, 15, who attends Jill Dando‘s former school Worle Community School Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset has conducted an interview with Professor Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London.
The sensational student’s resulting podcast is now available across the world. Click here to watch https://youtu.be/Sl_mj7ws3Qo
The blurb to the Youtube Podcast says: ’What can we learn from a conversation between a young climate activist and a scientist from the Natural History Museum?
‘Capturing perspectives, this is a discussion between local environmentalist Archie Matthews, representing Weston-super-Mare’s Climate Justice Revolution and Professor Richard Herrington, a Natural History Museum scientist working towards a low-carbon future.
‘Find out what solutions they envision to create a more sustainable world.’
Archie met up with Professor Herrington to learn a little bit more about each other and what they do to help save the planet’s climate crisis but also what else can be done.
Professor Richard Herrington is Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum (NHM) and visiting Professor at both the University of Exeter and Imperial College.
Archie is WCSA Head Boy and recently won the Jack Clark/CJR Award and the Outstanding Contribution to School Life Award.
Due to his environmental work he has had commendations from Alan Titchmarsh and has been part of Jill Dando News since its beginnings at WCSA in 2017.
Archie said: ”One of the key points that kept coming up in the conversation was that we don’t currently have the infrastructure nor money to meet environmental targets.
“For example, to meet the target by 2030 for only electric cars to be sold from mainstream dealers we clearly do not have enough EV charging stations, nor do we have enough time and minerals to make the batteries (as they contain lithium).”
Professor Richard Herringtton told Archie that are 3 P’s in anything we do: Profit, Planet, People.
Richard also urged people to use public transport where possible and to grow as much produce that you can from home.
During the week Professor Herrington spoke a lot about the Circular economy which is a model based on production and consumption which involves sharing, reusing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.
Archie added “This has been a great experience to hear from a different perspective to mine and my peers at Climate Justice Revolution.
“Now we know more about the circular economy we can persuade our school to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle but push for more ways in school that we can reuse things”
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