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Island has chance to set a green agenda, says expert

Craig Bennett, centre, with students at the QEII High School in Peel and, third from left, Philip Corlett (IoM FoE)

Craig Bennett, centre, with students at the QEII High School in Peel and, third from left, Philip Corlett (IoM FoE)

Craig Bennett, the UK Friends of the Earth’s director of policy, has been visiting the island this week.

During a three-day trip he gave a talk at Noble’s Hospital held meetings with the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, MHK Phil Gawne and the Manx Electricity Authority, and visited Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel.

Craig said: ‘This is my first time in the Isle of Man – it’s been fascinating touring around seeing the opportunities available on the island.

‘The [QEII] school has some brilliant activities going on, it seems to be one project after another. I was amazed by the incredible things they have been doing – it was really inspiring to see.’

He believes the island has some great opportunies for setting a good example on sustainability.

‘With your own energy infrastructure in place and own government it would be easier to put things in place and move towards renewable electricity,’ he said. ‘You could lead the way with some of these things and become an example of how energy can be used.’

He added: ‘I even discovered some family history while I was here – my great-grandfather used to race in the TT.

‘Around 1910, his name was Charlie “Wag” Bennett, he rode with Walter Bentley. for the Indian motorbike team.’

 

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