Mr Simon Virley, a Trinity parent and Partner and UK Head of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG, addressed the Trinity Green Council and wider community this Thursday about the progress made at the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Dhyan Ruparel comments: “From his insight into the potential effects of climate change, to his discussion on what needs to happen next, his informed and unique take on the subject made for a memorable talk. I am very excited for the positive change which this talk will drive within the Trinity community and beyond, as the Green Council utilises Mr Virley’s creative suggestions on ways in which we can help to protect the environment.
Orrin Blair says: “I was given the opportunity to join a panel of students questioning Mr Virley. I found his recount of his experience fascinating and he presented with a passion and enthusiasm that engaged all listeners. Having learnt about small changes that can be implemented in our everyday lives, such as removing meat once a week from our diets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from cow digestion, I think that we, as a school community, could put these ideas into practice. Events like these make the link between theory and practice. They bring us, as individuals, and as a community, closer to the facts, giving us opportunities to engage and take an active part in shaping our future.
Finn Evans adds: “Mr Virley’s talk was a brilliant insight into the world’s progress on tackling climate change, thanks to his first-hand experience of COP26. I found the politics surrounding climate change particularly interesting, such as the need for ‘peer-pressure’ rather than law to enforce the goals set by different governments. I also learnt about the methods by which the injustice between developed and developing countries is fairly resolved, such as financial aid from developed nations, to compensate the costs of climate action on development. Mr Virley also made a few suggestions for Trinity to become more sustainable, including decreasing meat consumption in school lunches, expansion of the school’s solar panels, and better heat insulation.”
We would like to thank Mr Virley once again for his time and enthusiasm.
"Having learnt about small changes that can be implemented in our everyday lives, such as removing meat once a week from our diets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, I think that we, as a school community, could put these ideas into practice."
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