children mps: quit burning fossil fuels, fix recycling - politicians should listen more!

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Q: WHAT do you think we should do to help protect our planet?

Cameron: A definite is that we stop burning or using fossil fuels.

Electric cars are really important, because they don't put CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Maybe the Government could help to make electric cars cheaper for everyone.

Lola: By putting all the recycling bins out, no one really puts anything in them properly. Maybe we should get better at that.

Q: Do you think the Children's Parliament is a good idea? Why?

Cameron: Yes, because children's voices being heard means that older people aren't in control of everything and get to hear both sides of the argument.

Lola: It's a great idea so that children can learn from listening to other children's views and decide on what side to take on issues.

Q: Do you think politicians like to talk a lot?

Cameron: Absolutely! They need to be able to speak about lots of issues, but perhaps they could all listen more too!

Lola: Yes. It's because they want to share their views with other politicians to persuade them that their views are the right ones.

Comment by Jeremy Hunt

I AM especially enthused about such an incredibly passionate bunch of pupils debating climate issues in the upcoming Children's Parliament.

I'm hoping the Government will be publishing a plan before COP26 detailing housing, transport and energy generation.

This will all lead to making it a real success. Ultimately, we want everyone's car to be electric. There's less environmental pollution and less noise pollution.

The practical problems are both their cost and also charging points if you have to park on the street. We need charging points in as many places as parking meters.

I still believe we can hit Net Zero before 2050.

We have already reduced our carbon emissions by over half since 1990 and are doing better than France, America and Japan.

Why do people want to become MPs? Most people start with noble motives.

I was passionate about the issue of poverty in Africa.

But MPs are also people who quite like to be on a stage where the world can see them doing their good works. They want to be a big player.

When I was at school, I was always better at languages than maths. I recommend learning a foreign language.

The best countries are open to the best ideas from abroad.

It helps you see things from a different perspective.

I wasn't so good at maths, but then, that didn't stop me, as Health Secretary, being in charge of the biggest budget in government.

Anything is possible if you aim high and work hard at it.

Jeremy Hunt is former Health Secretary

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