There are numerous challenges facing our environment and we all have a part to play. So it is great to see that our local schools are taking a proactive role in creating the next generation of eco warriors. Time & Leisure Junior was delighted to be invited to Holy Trinity Primary School in Wimbledon to hear about their efforts. Oliver is in Year 6 and has been an Eco Warrior for two years.
The Eco Warriors meet regularly and discuss initiatives that can help save the planet. They work with the head and other teachers at the school to make these changes happen. The issues
“If people think that the only way we can do it is to go to extremes, then it won’t happen. But if we all make small changes then it becomes achievable.”
1. Use less, waste less Choose less packaging, buy second hand and don’t buy disposable items.
2. Eat wisely Eat less meat. Eat seasonal and local foods.
3. Use less energy Switch electronic items off when not in use and don’t charge unnecessarily.
are all pupil-led and range from removing individual plastic tubs from the school meals to not having crackers at the school Christmas lunch.
The Eco Warriors are currently running a campaign aimed at local residents and parents coming to and from the school.
TOP TIPS FROM HOLY TRINITY’S ECO WARRIORS:
4. Reduce water usage Turn taps off while brushing teeth. Take showers rather than baths.
5. Cut down on polluting travel Drive rather than fly. Walk and cycle if you can. Holiday in the UK.
6. Speak out! Talk to friends and family. Let them know how they can help the planet.
“We noticed that there were lots of people waiting outside school in their cars with the engine on. That all adds to the pollution and we want them to turn off the engines,” said Oliver.
So the Eco Warriors are running a competition for all pupils to design a poster which will be displayed on the school fence. Even the competition was subject to scrutiny with the team choosing to send out small slips of paper rather than a full sheet of paper with the competition details on it.
“If people think that the only way we can do it is to go to extremes, then it won’t happen. But if we all make small changes then it becomes achievable,” said Oliver.
Please do get in touch if you have a group of Eco Warriors or other projects which we could cover in a future issue. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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