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News: Students have their say on sustainability

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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 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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