YOUNG people from seven schools across Southampton were given a platform to speak on green issues.

Pupils joined Southampton City Council and The Saints Foundation Community Champions for a youth assembly.

It saw 35 youngsters discuss how the city can achieve net zero, reduce emissions and support nature.

Hayden Collins, community participation officer at the council, said: "We’re really pleased with the engagement from the children and young people in both our Make Your Mark campaigns and with this youth assembly event.

"It is clear this topic is so important to our young people and this event shows that our young people’s views are listened to and actioned to create positive change in Southampton.

"I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas and projects the children and young people share as part of their project task and then working with them to bring their ideas to life.”

Southampton City Council’s 'Our Greener City' team provided attendees with an overview of the issues, what the council waned to achieve and how it was already responding.

Pupils were tasked with discussing and sharing their thoughts around what more Southampton City Council and their own schools could do to achieve these ambitions.

The event came as a direct result from the city’s participation in the nationwide “Make Your Mark” campaign, hosted by UK Youth Parliament which gives young people aged 11 to 18 the chance to decide what issues should be debated by the Youth Parliament in the House of Commons.

The 2019 Mark Your Mark campaign saw 14,000 responses from young people in Southampton, the highest turnout rate in the UK.

Responses found that the biggest issue for young people in Southampton was protecting the environment, with 49 percent of responses identifying this as the top concern.

Cllr Steven Galton said: "I am so proud of our Youth Assembly for their support and commitment of this long-time coming event.

"Having the young people of our city share what is important to them and how we can make positive change together to shape the future is key to our success in achieving our environmental and ecological goals."