8 December 2019
Alicia, Katie and Caitlin all contributed brilliantly to the hugely exciting debate on climate change in the House of Lords. The team was very fortunate to be offered extra seats in the chamber itself at the last minute, so they and another student from Abingdon were able to sit on the red benches during the debate, along with two Larkmead students who had been invited as members of the Royal Meteorological Society. This gave them the added opportunity of being invited to contribute interventions from the floor at the end of each of the three motions debated. Alicia took full advantage of this following the second motion, catching the attention of the Deputy Speaker, Baroness Macintosh, and delivering an excellent 90 second intervention on the motion.
During the day they were also able to network with members of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Meteorological Society, chat with members of the House of Lords and visit the exclusive House of Lords gift shop! It was particularly useful for some of the students to meet Professor Liz Bentley, CEO of the Royal Meteorological Society, who has agreed to chair the ATOM VIP night panel discussion at St Helen’s on 18 March 2020, with the theme of ‘Climate Solutions’ having been chosen by the Student Ambassadors.
The students all gained so much from the visit and are now full of new ideas and enthusiasm for further partnership projects.