School plans greener New Year after children's climate demo

January 02 2020
School plans greener New Year after children's climate demo

PUPILS at a St George school are looking forward to a greener New Year after taking inspiration from young campaigner Greta Thunberg.

Boys and girls at Air Balloon Primary School staged a demonstration urging their school to become greener and more eco-friendly.

They issued a series of 'demands' and, much to their delight, headteacher Tim Browse has pledged to take onboard their suggestions.

Pupils were inspired after learning about environmental issues affecting the planet as part of a Year 4 project.

They also found out about their democratic right to protest in a safe, kind and respectful way and, taking their lead from environmentalist Greta Thunberg, set about organising the public demonstration.

Pupils gathered in the top playground before a crowd of parents and carers and shared their messages and demands through campaign posters, a dance, chants, songs and a series of speeches. To make the event even more authentic it was attended by a police community beat officer. Pupils said they wanted the school to:

  • Plant more trees on school grounds 

  • Introduce meat-free Mondays

  • Reduce the amount of paper used

  • Eliminate single-use plastic at break times.

Impressed by pupils' well researched and articulate arguments, Mr Browse responded to their demands with the following pledges:

  • The school will work with the Woodland Trust to see where more trees could be planted as a means of improving the air quality in the area

  • The school kitchen will work with Year 4 to design meat-free menus that can be trialled later in the year

  • School display boards will be replaced with hessian backgrounds to eliminate the need for paper displays

  • To support long-term change – such as single-use plastic – by creating a new community eco-group where staff, children and parents will work together to make changes across the school.

Parent Jak Boydon said: “The children feel immensely proud that their hard work and passion for environmental issues has resulted in real change for the school.” 

Mr Browse said he wanted to thank all the children and staff who made the demonstration such a success.