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Schools offered climate change and plastic pollution workshops

The charity which runs Paignton Zoo and Torquay's Living Coasts is offering free workshops on things like plastic pollution and climate change.

The Wild Planet Trust charity say they are aimed at schools to help pupils understand the impact of choices they make.

Group Education Manager Steve Nash will lead the six workshops after becoming the first educator in a UK zoo to achieve UN accreditation for 'Climate Change Teaching'.

He said: "As educators, we understand that the most important role for a teacher is to prepare pupils for the world beyond the classroom. 

"It's becoming ever clearer, however, that our world is changing. 

"Our wildlife and wild places are in trouble and we believe that the choices we make now will have a tremendous impact on the world and its wildlife.

"The All Our Futures workshops have been developed to give young people the information they need to help solve looming environmental problems like climate change, plastic pollution and the use of resources.

"The workshops are free for the simple reason that these are hugely important topics. 

"The more people we can get involved and taking action, the greater the impact we can have. 

"Conservation is all about how people value nature and we want to show that it’s something we can all take action for, regardless of age or background."

For more about the workshops click here

Click play to hear Zoo spokesman Phil Knowling speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

This weekend the charity is also offering reduced entry to Living Coasts.

Anyone in the TQ and EX post codes can visit the coastal zoo for half price.

Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling added: "Locals’ Weekend is a great chance for people who live close - or even not so close - but who rarely visit to get a really good discount and pop in for a look around. 

"The place may have changed a lot since they last visited. 

"Using these post codes, we estimate that more than half a million people are local to Living Coasts."

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