UK Sustainability Officer visits The Houses of Parliament as part of Environmental Leadership Programme

May 22, 2017
United Kingdom

Sabrina Chiaretti, UK Sustainability Officer, visited The Houses of Parliament to learn about the workings of the government and challenge politicians and industry leaders about energy and climate change.

The visit was part of a prestigious nine-month Environmental Leadership Programme, involving access behind the scenes with some of the UK’s most senior leaders across the sustainability sector. The programme is offered by UpRising, a UK-wide youth leadership and democratic engagement charity supported by David Cameron and several MPs, which provides young people the opportunity to develop leadership skills, whilst forming a network with senior figures.

During the day, the participants met senior civil servants and key officials in the Palace of Westminster, before attending a big Energy and Climate Change debate with the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, representatives from major political parties and leaders working in the energy and climate change sector.

The day was an opportunity to cover issues such as sustainable development, climate change adaptation, flooding, fracking, air quality and the Paris Agreement.

Antonia Canal, Project Manager of UpRising Manchester, said “It was an absolute pleasure to bring together our talented, passionate and committed UpRisers from across the country to meet senior leaders and see them discuss their ideas for change in the Capital.”

Sabrina commented that “the day was a great opportunity to learn how businesses can tackle climate change and sustainability related issues in a practical way, especially post-Brexit. I have learnt some valuable lessons that will definitely prove to be useful for my role of Sustainability Officer at Campus Living Villages.”

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