WHILE many students across the world are skipping class to protest against climate change, a forward-looking secondary school in Llangollen has helped its pupils take action against single-use plastic.

Sixth formers at Ysgol Dinas Brân secondary school launched the Go Green Day on Monday, March 18 which aimed to discuss and find alternatives to using non-recyclable materials on its premises.

The Llangollen secondary has collaborated with its partner schools in Italy and Germany to produce short films about their eco-friendly initiatives.

Pupils wore green for the event, which was attended by Mair Davies, founder of Plastic Free Llangollen, and Mark Gahan from Severn Wye, the not-for-profit which gives businesses practical expertise for more energy efficient and sustainable living.

The school also secured a National Lottery Rural Futures grant to run workshops on sustainability and single use plastics for its year seven classes.

A spokesperson for Ysgol Dinas Brân said: “We put on the Go Green event for our year seven students based around the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. As a Platinum Eco School, we have always had sustainability and protecting the environment as an important part of our school ethos.

“This event will also go towards our bid to retain our Eco Schools Platinum Award.

“The involvement of the students at the forefront of this is critical to addressing the issues surrounding sustainable development and protecting our environment.

“As such the student council have started a campaign against the use of Styrofoam in schools and also the need to reduce our consumption of single use plastics.”

The school said Ken Skates AM and Susan Jones MP are expected to visit and speak about the project in the near future.

The spokesperson added: “We also asked our year seven pupils to work with our upcoming year six pupils in workshops during transition week teaching them about what they have learned on sustainability and the issues surrounding single use plastics as to involve the wider community.

“Our students believe that to live up to the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act we need to take action now on these key issues.”