Schoolchildren at Boughton Leigh Junior School were joined by local MP Mark Pawsey for a first look at CEMEX’s new educational program ‘A Circular World.’
Around 30 Year 5 children took part in the session, where they split into small groups to complete the 'A Circular World', with prizes awarded to the winners.
Additionally, Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby attended the event and spoke to the children about the importance of protecting the environment and understanding our individual responsibility to reduce climate change. He also highlighted the work which the Government is doing to bring together businesses and individuals to enable the change needed to build a circular economy.
Rugby is the location of CEMEX’s main UK cement plant, which has been part of the town since the 19th Century. CEMEX strives to be a positive member of the local community and works closely with several schools and groups. As part of this work, they have developed an online educational program – ‘A Circular World’ - which features a fictional team of young people across the globe who need the help of participants to solve different environmental problems. It aims to help children better understand and contribute more to sustainable development, through the transition to the Circular Economy and by promoting a responsible and sustainable lifestyle. ‘A Circular World’ is available at: https://www.cemex.co.uk/cemex-and-the-circular-economy
Speaking after seeing the programme in action, Mark said:
“The interest our young people have in protecting the environment is always very clear and the pupils at Boughton Leigh Junior School were no exception. I was delighted to be able to talk to them about the role which both the government, local businesses and individuals have to play in reusing, reducing and recycling, and CEMEX’s new online learning tools and games are a great way to engage with kids about building a circular economy. We all need to do more to help the environment and it was really positive to see both the next generation and one of Rugby’s leading businesses working together to do so.”
Chiedza Mupfumira, Social Impact Specialist for CEMEX UK, added:
“It’s vital that we encourage our children and young people to understand the challenges we face as a result of climate change and empower them to protect the world of the future. We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and attentiveness of the children – they easily grasped the concept of a circular economy and how it can benefit us all. We would like to extend a big thank you to Boughton Leigh Junior School, in particular Mr Gaskell who supported us on the day and all the children who participated.”