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Al Gore to teach climate student from Swansea

Swansea student Rhys Hughes and former US vice-president Al Gore
Image caption Rhys Hughes will spend three days with Al Gore in Tennessee

A 17-year-old A-level student from Swansea is to be trained by Al Gore in highlighting climate change.

Rhys Hughes will fly to Tennessee to spend three days with the former US Vice-President later this month.

Inspired by Mr Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, he will be expected to make presentations to schools, colleges and other organisations.

Rhys is no stranger to public speaking having previously addressed Swansea council on school closures.

He believes that experience, along with presentations he has already made on climate change to pupils at his school in Gowerton, helped secure his place.

The Climate Project aims to build the next generation of environmental leaders.

On completion of the training he will be expected to deliver presentations on climate change and become a member of the Climate Advisory Committee.

Rhys first saw Mr Gore's film as part of a Geography lesson.

"I thought Al Gore was inspirational in what he had to say and really did agree with him," he said.

"We need to act on climate change now from a government to a grassroots level.

"It's going to be my generation and the next few generations that will carry the burden."

Mr Gore's film was shown in schools across the UK but only after a High Court judge ruled it must be accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument.

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