27th May 2021

Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

Share

Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

Students at colleges in Cornwall are sending a message to the world’s leaders through a series of videos titled ‘#heyG7’.

Launched last week, the series will showcase the main issues the students want to be addressed at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay in June.

Conor Kendrew, the college’s curriculum development manager for ecology, conservation and the environment, is spearheading the project.

He commented: “Here at The Cornwall College Group, we are in a unique position to make sure there is a student voice at the heart of those big discussions in Carbis Bay.

“Both in the sense that as a college we specialise in the topics on the agenda at the summit; conservation, biodiversity and providing the skills employers of the future will need, and that we run these courses in campuses across Cornwall at a time when the most powerful people in the world are visiting.

“We felt it was important to go out and ask our students what they want to be discussed when Cornwall is front-and-centre on the world stage.

“We’ve been really blown away with the things they have told us and we’re incredibly proud of them all.”

Students launched their campaign at Newquay Harbour on Wednesday by sketching #heyG7 in the beach before then taking part in the Surfer’s Against Sewage ‘million-mile beach clean’.

Josh Symes, a student on one of Cornwall College Newquay’s conservation degree courses, was one of those taking part.

His message to the G7 leaders was asking them to focus on making sure the environment and people can thrive at the same time.

Josh said: “I would ask them how they are going to prioritise wildlife and human development, securing future housing, securing wildlife havens, securing food sources for bees and safe waters for fish to swim – and making all of that work alongside humans.

“How are they working towards a world where both nature and us are thriving together?”

Lauren Ratcliff is currently in her second year of an animal management technical advanced diploma at Duchy College Rosewarne, which is part of The Cornwall College Group, and is writing her specialist project on the subject of palm oil production – a topic she would like to see tackled by the leaders.

She commented: “I’d like them to discuss the effects that palm oil production is having on the rainforest, especially the Indonesian rainforest.

She added: “I find that the production is producing a lot of Co2 that is contributing to climate change.

“It is also having an impact on the orangutan population in the area, which is decreasing, along with other species as well.”

The student’s messages to the G7 are being aired on social media via the Cornwall College social media accounts in the run up to the summit on June 11.

The digital campaign follows a week in April when the college’s 10 campuses held a series of discussions to renew their focus on sustainability.

Influential speakers from across the county, such as Surfer’s Against Sewage, Beach Guardian Emily Stevenson and the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition joined staff and students for the week-long conference called ‘Love Our Planet Week’.

TCCG continues to go from strength-to-strength with notable investments in its facilities and student experience.

Share
heyG7,conservation,Marine,Newquay The Cornwall College Group

Latest News

 logoLet the Apprenticeship Games begin!

Let the Apprenticeship Games begin!

30th January 2023
The Apprenticeship Games, a highly coveted competition organised by The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) will return this February, in a quest to find the South West’s top apprentices. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the nationally recognised contest will see teams from the region’s leading businesses battle it out at Cornwall College St Austell on February 9th during National Apprenticeship W Read More
 logoNew Pre-16 Hospitality Academy launched

New Pre-16 Hospitality Academy launched

30th January 2023
St Austell Family Group has partnered up with The Cornwall College Group to deliver interactive hands-on learning experience in the catering and hospitality industry. This partnership will open a world of opportunities for students, including the chance to gain valuable work experience in various industries and learn from seasoned professionals. The collaboration allows Year 10 and Year 11 student Read More
 logoUK’s ONLY Soil Science undergraduate degree coming to Eden Project Learning

UK’s ONLY Soil Science undergraduate degree coming to Eden Project Learning

23rd January 2023
The Eden Project Learning team is excited to unveil the ONLY undergraduate Soil Science course in the UK! A ground-breaking programme that will equip future leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. The team is thrilled to have such a crucial topic and subject, with applications and opportunities spanning many sect Read More
 logoBlind Student’s independence skyrockets thanks to random act of kindness

Blind Student’s independence skyrockets thanks to random act of kindness

11th January 2023
A Random Act of Kindness from two complete strangers has helped a blind student gain more independence. Members of a community Facebook group, St Austell Friends, have gone above and beyond to help a student manage with daily challenges, by contributing towards a sensory kettle. Willow from St Austell was born blind, but that hasn’t stopped her achieving incredible goals and milestone along her Read More