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Actress helps pupils switch to greener lifestyle.

ACTRESS Donna Air yesterday launched a new project to teach schoolchildren in Newcastle about energy efficiency.

The former Byker Grove star was at Wyndham Primary School in Kenton, the first school in the region to host the npower Climate Cop Academy, part of the company's pounds 20m five-year scheme to promote greener schools.

The academy aims to train children in simple ways to save energy, and similar events will be held at a further nine schools in the city.

Donna said she is already teaching four-year-old daughter Freya about saving energy and she was happy to back the npower programme.

Due back on TV in the New Year on Hotel Babylon, she said: "I'm very passionate about the environment. This is a really positive message to pass on to children and if everybody just did one small thing, it all adds up to a big difference.

"Freya starts school next year and we already do things like this at home. She knows why we skip to school on her scooter and don't take

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CLIMATE COPS: Donna Air with pupils (left to right) Beth Labross, Molly Lymn, Aaron Brogdon, Amy Brown and Sunny Sudera during her visit to Wyndham Primary School, where she launched the npower Greener Schools Programme.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2007
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