Sandy Boyd, the Trinity High School pupil who is behind the organisation of today’s climate change strike, met with council leaders yesterday at the City Chambers. Although he has appeared as a deputation on previous occasions he declined to do so this time saying that he found the fact that councillors could have their say but he could not then respond afterwards quite restrictive. He met with the Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Frank Ross and Deputy Council Leader Cammy Day and Councillor Ellie Bird. They promised Sandy that they will put the needs of young people at the heart of the council’s climate change strategy in the future. Cllr Day said: “It was really encouraging to meet Sandy today and we definitely see this as the start of a meaningful dialogue to ensure that young people and their ideas are absolutely at the heart of our plans for a carbon neutral city by 2030. He shared a number of very useful ideas on how we can best communicate with our younger citizens, such as organising meetings outwith school hours and avoiding rigid agendas in favour of inviting participants to set the themes and discussion topics themselves.
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