A new project spearheaded by Liverpool John Moores University will see a wave of school pupils being educated on climate change.

The project received funding from Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund at the start of the month.

Tim Lane, who is leading the project, is currently working with LJMU students to design an online course pupils can take. The material is due to be available in the summer.

It will be aimed at any students aged 15 and over in Liverpool.

Staff can then build it into a lesson or it can be an extra-curricular activity.

The scheme will also see the creation of ‘living classrooms’ around the city where herbs and other plants will be grown that students can look after.

An allotment site at Kensington Fields Community Centre to grow fruit and vegetables will also be established.

Once the school pupils have completed the online course they will be invited to one of the sites, depending on government restrictions.

Tim Lane said: “The project is focused more on the environment and our connectedness to nature rather than hardcore science and what you need to do to save the world.”

He added: “Going forward, everyone can still reduce their carbon footprint, and even though 15-year-olds aren’t driving 4x4s to schools they can ask their parents to maybe walk to school one day a week or have a vegetarian meal one day a week.

“If they can make small changes now they will hopefully start thinking about the future.”

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