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Chance to meet Sir David Attenborough

By Alistair Whitfield

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Secondary school pupils are being challenged to say what they would do to specifically protect the environment in Scotland.

The Hunter Foundation has launched the competition to encourage young environmentalists.

The winning pupil will secure a table for themselves and a group of teachers and classmates at a charity event next month where Sir David Attenborough will be the guest speaker.

The renowned broadcaster and natural historian will be talking at a charity dinner held in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Tuesday, February 18.

Laying down the challenge to pupils, to Sir Tom Hunter said: "If you ruled Scotland, what big changes would you make to address the global climate crisis here in Scotland? Or how do you think young people in Scotland could lead the way in addressing climate concerns?

"Climate change is happening now and we need to move quickly to address it.

"We are looking for answers and opportunities, so who better to ask than the people who will be affected the most – our next generation of young Scots."

Iain Gulland is the chief executive of the competition's sponsors Zero Waste Scotland.

He said: "We saw the passion of Scotland’s school pupils during the recent climate strikes.

"The world needs fresh ideas for ways we can change our lifestyles.

"This competition represents a great opportunity for young people to share their thoughts and make a difference."


How to enter:

Entries can be anything from an essay, poem or song to a video or piece of digital art.

Written work must be a maximum of two pages.

Videos should be less than two minutes long and submitted as a link to YouTube.

Entries can be promoted on social media using the hashtag #SirDavidDinner and tagging @THunterF.

The closing date for entries is Friday, February 7.

To enter, youngsters must get permission from their schools.

Teachers will need to send entries to schools@thehunterfoundation.co.uk and give the name of the school, an email address and phone number to get in touch that will be accessible during the February half term.

A panel of judges will select the winner.

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