On Friday 14th October, St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming guests Paul Maynard MP and Gordon Marsden MP into school for a big debate on climate change. More than 60 year ten and eleven students turned up to witness members of Mr Baugh’s year twelve politics class debating the motion “This house believes that climate change cannot be tackled within our current economic model.” To make things even more difficult, each student was asked to argue the position opposite to their own beliefs on the issue in order to develop their critical thinking skills.
To open the debate, Mr Baugh outlined the motion and invited our special guests to provide their response to the topic. Six students then presented their argument, after which Mr Maynard and Mr Marsden had the opportunity to put questions to them to explore and critique. After intense deliberation, our guests judged in favour of the opposition based on the strength of their argument. We finished up with tea and cake and the chance to congratulate the brave speakers who had their first venture into politics.
Our event was arranged as part of of CAFODs “Speak Up Week of Action” and was one of hundreds of events across the UK involving young people interacting with their local politicians to raise the issue of climate change. This event has demonstrated that Climate Change is a hugely important and current issue for our young people and that the spark of interest in politics and current issues is very much alive in the younger generation.