On Wednesday, fifteen Geologists and Geographers visited County Hall in Truro to participate in the ‘Your Resources Your Future’ conference. This was a chance to collaborate with students from other schools and colleges on using the natural resources in Cornwall best. As part of the day, they were assigned to groups and asked to put forward three action plans in response to a specific question.
These included ‘How can new exploration and mining projects create good local jobs for local people?’, ‘What needs to be done during the development of tech metals projects to protect and enhance our environment in Cornwall?’ and ‘What needs to be done to ensure sustainable development for the region?’
Throughout the session, they were given the opportunity to interview specialists from local industry, including Ashley Shopland (former Head of UK Kaolin Platform, Imerys), Lucy Crane (Cornish Lithium) and Lauren Charlton (Cornwall Resources).
In the afternoon, they returned to the council chamber and under the direction of Cornwall Councillor Loveday Jenkin, they debated the proposals and responded to questions. The students were congratulated on their thoughtful contributions and excellent debating skills.
Josh L said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the various geological careers based in Cornwall and to interact with professionals in their specialist areas”.
Miss Hope, Head of Geology, commented, “this was an amazing opportunity for the students to network with a range of professionals and to open their eyes to the range of geological careers in Cornwall and the part they could play in the sustainable management of the county’s resources. We are very thankful to Frances Wall and Eva Marquis from Camborne School of Mines for masterminding the day”.