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Green week is off to a great start in Havant

GOING GREEN From left, Claire Ward, Cailey-Jaine Razzell, Joshua Warwick, Harvey Bone, Emily Browne and Nicola Musson

By Elise Brewerton
Published in the Portsmouth News on Wednesday 20th June 2012

ENVIRONMENTALISTS of the future wowed green campaigners with their knowledge.

The pupils from Trosnant Infants School, in Havant, visited the Havant Goes Greener roadshow in Emsworth while they were on a bike ride with their teachers.

The roadshow kicked off a week of events taking place across the borough to raise awareness of how people can make small changes to their lives to make a big difference to the environment.

The youngsters quizzed Ray Cobbett, from Havant Friends of the Earth, on the reasons behind the event.

He said: ‘I was impressed with their inquisitiveness because, of course, they are the environmentalists of the future.

‘They seemed very keen to hear about what we are doing.’

Following Monday’s roadshow there was a greener driving workshop and the grand opening at The Spring with a specially-created comedy called Bottled by the award-winning theatre company Soop.

The cost and source of heating and lighting is the focus of many of the events this week.

Tomorrow, Hampshire Cosmetics hosts a visit to its Waterlooville plant to tour one of the largest solar panel installations in Hampshire.

And on Thursday, at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church Hall, Leigh Park, Insulate Hampshire will outline ways in which fuel bills can be reduced through better and free insulation.

Mr Cobbett added: ‘How we produce and use energy is at the heart of the green debate and these events provide an excellent opportunity to find out the benefits of low carbon solutions.

‘At the roadshow on Monday a chap came up to me and said “what are you selling?”

‘I told him we were selling an idea, an alternative.

‘We know consumerism doesn’t lead to happiness.

‘We think we might just be on to something by going green.’

Other highlights include a bike ride starting at Park Parade precinct, Leigh Park, at 10am tomorrow and the Green Family Fair in Havant Park on Saturday from 10am where there will be 60 stalls and five bands.

For a full list of events visit www.havantgoesgreener.org.uk

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