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Max debates Cheltenham’s climate change response with Alex Chalk during COP26

Liberal Democrat Max Wilkinson took part in a debate with Conservative MP Alex Chalk as part of a new initiative to get young people involved in climate change activism.

As the local lead on the climate emergency response, Max was invited onto the Town Hall stage at the launch of the Cheltenham Education Partnership’s Change Makers programme.

Max said: “I take my duty as Cheltenham’s first ever cabinet member for the climate emergency very seriously, so I was proud to be invited to this inspiring event.

“While Alex and I might not always agree on things, it’s important that everyone involved in politics is willing to take part in these discussions.

“It was pleasing to be able to report back on the exciting developments in Cheltenham, including our first carbon neutral council houses, the local climate investment strategy, our new approach to carbon footprinting, the potential for a new and exciting energy scheme here and much more besides.

“There was much discussion about sustainable transport and our Connecting Cheltenham report remains on the table for the County Council highways authority to take on board.”

The GCHQ-sponsored event took place on 10 November at Cheltenham Town Hall and was attended by pupils from local schools.

“I welcome this initiative by the Cheltenham Education Partnership and look forward to hearing more from local young people as we increase our response to the climate emergency,” said Max.

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