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Graveney student chosen to speak at major eco-summit

A student from Graveney School has been taking part in a major new youth-led eco-initiative. Zaqiya Cajee is featured in this BBC report on the Youth Against Carbon Conference.

 Zaqiya Cajee (17), secured her place after winning one of three seats on the panel at the forthcoming Youth Against Carbon Conference. The event is a new initiative to provide a platform for young people to get their voices heard in the climate discussion.

Zaqiya won her place by impressing organisers with her activism to reduce carbon emissions; she founded SwopItUp, an initiative that encourages teens to set up clothing exchanges in their schools to address the major issue of fast fashion by giving people access to the preloved market.

 Streamed lived on Tuesday 13th October at 6.30-7.00PM on Zurich UK’s Instagram (@zurich_uk) and Youtube channels, YAC Con will feature an all youth panel who will debate a range of topics including fast fashion, the war on waste, conservation, climate change education and climate justice.

 Zaqiya Cajee said: “I’m really excited to have been chosen to join the panel at the first Youth Against Carbon Conference. I believe that to prevent climate change, we all have to do our part. However, we must do more to support young people from all backgrounds to understand more about climate change and its impact on our planet. Fast fashion for instance is a huge issue and one of the biggest polluters. It’s vital young voices are not only heard, but that what we are say drives action and change.”