Former deputy prime minister John Prescott expressed his admiration for Peterborough’s Green Festival and the work done to educate the city’s youngsters on environmental issues.
Lord Prescott was speaking on a visit to the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) office in Cowgate where he met the PECT’s chief executive Carly Leonard, and marketing and communications manager Laura Fanthorpe.
The visit today (Monday, April 13) came alongside Peterborough’s parliamentary candidate Lisa Forbes.
The Labour climate change adviser, who praised the Trust’s work in passing information through schools, said: “I’m delighted to see what the Trust has managed to do. They got ahead of the game with the festival.
“I spent my time with international negotiations with the Kyoto agreement [to limit greenhouse gas emissions] but it was quite clear that to meet your targets you have to work at a lower level.
“I think the work you do is important, particularly with youngsters.”
Lord Prescott appeared unwilling to be drawn into remarks made by UKIP leader Nigel Farage that children in Peterborough do not play on the streets because of high levels of immigration.
However, he said: “People come in and come out but they never become the government.”
The 23rd Peterborough Green Festival runs this year from May 23-31.
Speaking after Mr Prescott’s visit, Miss Leonard said: “It’s always good to get some positive feedback from someone who deals on the national and international stage and appreciates what we are doing.
I’m delighted to see what the Trust has managed to do.Lord Prescott
“He was quite interested in the work that we are doing in education and schools and we are really proud of our reputation.”
Miss Forbes was also praised by Lord Prescott, in particular over making sure new jobs in the environment sector come to Peterborough.
She said: “Lord Prescott is someone I really admire and as another working-class person is a role model.
“I think the PECT is fantastic. I will get back in touch with them to see what kind of programme they offer for schools in Peterborough, particularly regarding carbon emissions.
“If we can show kids how much energy a light bulb uses, for instance, I think they would understand that.”