Speaker defends eco-credentials

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THE SPEAKER of the house of commons was quizzed by pupils at North Marston Primary School last week on what he was doing to improve the environment.

Buckingham MP John Bercow was at the school to help it achieve Green Flag status as part of the Eco School Scheme.

John Bercow Visit to North Marston School'VIDEO STILL ONLY taken from video report'with kids from the Eco Council in the schools 'new eco garden site behind the playground.'06/05/11 Buckingham

John Bercow Visit to North Marston School'VIDEO STILL ONLY taken from video report'with kids from the Eco Council in the schools 'new eco garden site behind the playground.'06/05/11 Buckingham

The school has already achieved a silver award as part of the scheme and now hope with further improvements to their new eco-garden it will increase their eco-credentials further.

One pupil asked what he was doing to keep his own home environmentally friendly, another asked what MPs do to encourage others to live in an eco-friendly way.

Mr Bercow said he visits the recycling centre Buckingham once a fortnight and although MPs could do more, he said they do as much as they can to promote schemes such as the one in North Marston. Mr Bercow said more can been done but recognised that children were much more aware of the issues surrounding global warming then he ever could have been as a school boy growing up in the 1970s.

Mr Bercow added: “It is tribute to the young people as well as to their parents, governors and teachers that they have become as aware as they are now.”