Students met with MP Nigel Evans to discuss climate change issues.
The Ribble Valley MP talked to pupils from St Augustine’s Roman Catholic High School and representatives from the lobby group Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD).
The focus must be moved away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable energy
Mr Evans spoke to and answered the questions of the 30 or so lobbyists for an hour on adaptation, mitigation and what must be done to help the global poor.
He said: said: “The focus must be moved away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable energy.
“In the meantime we must make sure that our energy solutions are safe and ecologically sound.
“I am strongly in favour of solar panels and, indeed, I am delighted to see many solar panels on new houses in the Ribble Valley.
“If it was up to me, I would say that, if there aren’t solar panels on the house, the house isn’t getting built! I also want to see a move from petrol powered cars to those powered by electricity.”
The pupils from St Augustine’s asked Mr Evans what he thought the government should do to combat climate change and global poverty.
He said: “I am committed to this government keeping up our foreign aid budget which is the second largest foreign aid budget in the world.”