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Over 1/2 of Southport residents prepared to make 'significant' lifestyle changes to save the environment

CLIMATE change, or global warming is a hot topic. We are all aware there are certain things we could be doing to help alleviate the issue, but how much are we actually prepared to do? A nation wide survey of 3,000 Brits by Modular Classrooms has revealed that 58% of Southport residents say they are prepared to 'make significant lifestyle changes'; this includes things like eating less meat or using their cars less; to fight climate change. In fact, this is 1% above the national average of 57%.

1 of the most promising statistics to emerge from the survey is that people are determined that the next generation contribute to saving the planet. They are, after all, more likely to experience and inherit the consequences of global warming. 78% of parents believe that at some point, it is important for their children to be educated on sustainability and the preservation of the environment.

Modular Classrooms asked parents' opinions on the ideal age for children to start learning about these issues and how to combat them in an environmentally friendly manner. Overall, the majority of Southport parents felt nursery and reception (age 3 to 5) is the most appropriate time for children to be taught about the environment. In other parts of the country such as the South East, however, parents feel it would be more useful if children waited until they were at years 3 to 6 (age 7to11) before being educated on these issues.

As a result, it's perhaps no surprise that the survey also found 60% of parents admit they would be influenced when selecting a School based on its environmental credentials. That is, a School that encourages recycling or teaches learners about environmental impact. In fact, when sending children to School it was found that for 54% of parents the most important environmental factor to consider is if the building is sustainably constructed. This was followed by the building being energy efficient (22%), providing recycling bins (20%) and vegetarian or vegan options being provided in the canteen (4%).

Encouragingly, it seems as though children are already beginning to take note of how we impact the environment, as 33% of parents say their kids have educated them at times on eco issues, such as recycling. 75% of parents say they try to lead by example when it comes to teaching kids about taking care of the planet. And 47% admit that they try to purchase products without plastic wrapping while grocery shopping, which is a great example for younger generations to follow.

While recycling isn't a common process in every School in the UK, 80% of parents said they have faith that if recycling bins were provided, pupils would make a conscious effort to make use of them.

The survey also found 41% of Brits believe that more careers are now available for young people should they wish to study environmental science as part of their education.

"It's encouraging to see that so many people are willing to make changes to their lives to safeguard not only their future, but the future of their children. We can all do our bit, and what children learn in the classroom will have a big impact." says Mark Brown of Modular Classrooms.

Liverpool is now a 3 time winner

LIVERPOOL is the best event destination in the world.  And the City's 'Giant Spectacular; Liverpool's Dream' was the best event of its kind on the planet. That's the verdict following a major international events awards ceremony which saw Liverpool walk away with a trio of top honours.  The annual Eventex Awards is seen as the events' industry's highest accolade and sets the benchmark for events across the globe.  Now in its 9th year, this year's awards saw more than 331 entries in a range of categories across 42 countries all eager to be the best. The winners have been announced and Liverpool has picked up:- 'Best Event Destination,' as well as:- 'Best UK Event' and 'The Grand Prix People's Choice Event' for the 'Giant Spectacular Liverpool's Dream.' Eventex is a purely online awards ceremony and the People's Choice award is the only category voted for by members of the public.  The winners of the other categories were determined by a distinguished panel of international judges, including:- Laura Schwartz, who was director of events for the Clinton administration and chief exec of events industry bible BizBash, David Adler.  Liverpool has a world renowned annual programme of cultural events, which include everything from:- 'Chinese New Year,' 'Liverpool International Music Festival,' the 'F East of Fire' and the 'Tall Ships Regatta.'

1 of the highlights of the 2018 Programme was:- 'Liverpool's Dream,' which saw street theatre masters Royal de Luxe bring their cast of Giants back to the City for a triumphant 3rd time. Funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Giants generated more than ₤60m for the Merseyside economy and brought 1.3 million visitors the City, making it the largest event the City has ever seen.

Liverpool City Council's Director of Culture, Claire McColgan said:- "Our cultural programme is designed to showcase our wonderful City in all its glory, to celebrate every that is special about Liverpool and enrich the lives of the people who live, work and visit here. Giants and our other events are the result of a real partnership between the City Council, a host of partner organisations and of course the people of Liverpool who have taken all our events to their hearts. It is wonderful news for the City that all the hard work and dedication that goes into our events calendar has been recognised on such a grand international scale."

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