A Berkhamsted schoolgirl brought more than 100 people together for a town climate march.
As part of Berkhamsted’s Big Green Week, Blythe Atkinson, nine, put together the march on Sunday, September 19, on Canal Fields.
Her peers and their parents joined the Bridgewater School pupil in raising awareness of climate change.
They brought banners, wore wigs and face paint and chanted messages of intent while marching across the field and over the canal.
Blythe’s mum, Donna, said: “Blythe absolutely loved it and was really excited. I think having so many friends there boosted her confidence – she even said a speech with a loud-speaker.”
An excerpt from Blythe’s speech reads: “When we see news reports of fires, floods and the bees are under threat it can seem scary and overwhelming.
“But, by coming together today we are pledging to keep questioning our families, teachers, schools and local MP’s. Is there a way to do this that is better for the planet?”
Donna added: “She really believes in climate action. She asked if we could attend a march, and I said that she could maybe do her own.
“Then we saw that Berkhamsted Big Green Week was coming up, so we spoke to the organisers and it tied in nicely.
“We’re very proud of Blythe – she’s amazing and I’m sure climate campaigning is something she’ll continue to pursue. She’s already an eco councillor at her school.”
Caren Doodson, Bridgewater School headteacher, said: “Bridgewater is very proud of Blythe; she is truly committed to raising awareness of many eco issues and is always looking for ways to spread the messages both at school and outside.
“Young people have a voice and we need to listen to what they have to say – it is their world we all need to protect.”