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CLIP 6854

Petitioning the Welsh Assembly

Petitioning the Welsh Assembly
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Key Info
  • Petitioning the Welsh Assembly
  • Duration: 04:25
  • Young canoeists from West Wales talk about their campaign to gain access to the rivers of Wales which they currently don't have. They have used the petitioning system at the National Assembly for Wales to voice their concerns. Members of the Petitions Committee talk to the canoeists and seek the views of local people. An angler offers an opposing view arguing that the canoeists don't pay to use the river. He feels strongly that the right to use the river brings with it responsibilities and argues that paying to use the river would help to maintain the habitat.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies

       Topic:

    Politics and Government: The Democratic and Electoral Processes

  • Keywords: canoeing, polarised arguments, recreation, sporting rights, Government of Wales Act, petitioning committee, Assembly, democracyinaction.
Ideas for use in class
  • Can be used to discuss opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making, both locally and nationally, and to consider how individuals and voluntary groups can bring about change and challenge injustice. Students take part in a debate, based on 'Everyone should have free access to rivers in the UK.' Identify a local issue and explore approaches to taking action. This can include: writing a letter to their local councillor, setting-up a meeting between young people and their local councillor, getting the local councillor to ask a question on their behalf, collecting signatures and submitting a petitions.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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