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News: Stu­dents have their say on sustainability

Iqra Zubair
Iqra Zubair

A Level students Isabelle and Iqra got to speak out about a subject they are both passionate about recently, as part of the Midlands Engine Young People’s Green Growth Assembly.

The event was held at Not­ting­ham’s East Mid­lands Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on 11 March. It was a chance to show­case the ambi­tion, cre­ativ­i­ty and pas­sion of Mid­lands young peo­ple to the region’s busi­ness­es, uni­ver­si­ties and pub­lic sec­tor organ­i­sa­tions, to shape a green­er, clean­er, and more sus­tain­able future. 

Attend­ed by more than 100 busi­ness and pub­lic sec­tor lead­ers, Isabelle and Iqra, who are both study­ing A Lev­els at Not­ting­ham College’s High Pave­ment Sixth Form, were mem­bers of a group of 15 to 19-year-old Green Growth Champions. 

The stu­dents got involved in the ini­tia­tive as part of the College’s pro­gramme of extra-cur­ric­u­lar enrich­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties.

First year A Lev­el stu­dent Isabelle Robin­son, 17, made a speech and pre­sen­ta­tion about green inno­va­tion, with the exam­ple of fashion.

Isabelle Robinson

Being part of the Assem­bly was such a high­light for me. I’ve always want­ed to make a dif­fer­ence, ever since watch­ing David Atten­bor­ough, who is such an inspi­ra­tion. To have the chance to stand up and present to all those peo­ple was a great expe­ri­ence and I hope to get more involved in the future. 

 — Isabelle

The Assem­bly fol­lows the pub­li­ca­tion of Mid­lands Engine’s Ten Point Plan for Green Growth, which sets out cru­cial actions to help accel­er­ate the region’s path to net-zero. 

Iqra Zubair is in her sec­ond year of A Lev­els, study­ing Maths, Eco­nom­ics, Psy­chol­o­gy and Busi­ness. As part of the event, she made an open­ing and clos­ing speech and was respon­si­ble for over­see­ing the whole Assembly. 

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is very impor­tant to me because it affects my future and the future of many oth­er gen­er­a­tions. It is some­thing that we all are part of, and we should not act like bystanders. As con­sumers we have so much pow­er to decide the future of our world. When­ev­er we are buy­ing a cheap’ item, the plan­et is pay­ing the cost for us. 

I enjoyed every sin­gle bit of the event. It was kind of a I made it’ moment, and because of the impor­tance of the top­ic, I felt that my voice was heard from all the lead­ers in the East Midlands. 

 — Iqra
Iqra Zubair
Iqra painted the mural you see in the picture, which portrays the meaning - ‘young people want change’.
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  • 4th April 2022 (3:52 PM)
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