Shrewsbury Primary School’s campaign for climate change with ‘Eco Day’

Coleham Primary School children have launched a campaign to raise awareness about climate change holding an ‘Eco Day’, banning electricity and writing to the MP.

The school held the Eco Day to launch its Eco Council and organised a ‘Coleham Cares Climate March’ around the school grounds for any child who wished to promote personal pledges to look after our planet.

Each of the 420 children wrote their own letter to the Shrewsbury and Atcham MP with their requests and ideas for change and Mr Kawczynski attended the school personally to collect the letters and speak to the children.

The letters were written on recycled paper and copies were put around the school as bunting for everyone to see and to take inspiration from. 

Their Eco Day (Friday 20th September) coincided with the global strikes and youth marches planned to highlight the need for action on climate change. 

Throughout the day, children explored what climate change is and what they could do as individuals and a school to help. 

Donations were collected in the morning for the charity Climate Coalition and the children were invited to leave their uniforms at home for the day and wear something green or an old T-shirt they could write their own slogans on. 

Mr Kawczynski said: "I am pleased to see that our younger generation are taking an interest in these important matters. I wanted to come to Coleham Primary School today to personally accept their letters to me and to show that I share their concerns on climate change.

“The UK is playing a world-leading role in tackling climate change and the transition to Clean Growth, and the path has now been set for the UK to become the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely.”

Mrs. Howson, Eco Council Leader and teacher at the school said the day was planned so the children could learn more about the environment. 

“They have loved writing letters to the MP and learned a great deal about expressing their views and local democracy. 

“Parents were asked not to buy anything new, to highlight the message that the day was about reducing waste, reusing products, and helping our planet,” said Mrs Howson.

“We have also held a ‘Big Switch Off’ and turned off electricity within the school. Teachers were not allowed to use their computers and the kitchen provided a cold sandwich option for lunchtime.”

In preparation for the Eco Day the school has re-launched its ‘Eco Council’, which will be continuing to explore what the children and school can do to help climate change.

Representatives from Surfers Against Sewage and storyteller Jake Evans were invited to provide an exciting assembly for everyone in school on Monday 16th September ahead of the Eco Day.

Surfers Against Sewage is a marine conservation charity working to protect oceans, beaches and marine life. 

Mrs Howson, added: “We are hugely heartened by the passion already shown from many of our pupils on this important subject. It was the pupils who have driven the project and requested action. Special ‘Eco Warriors’ have been voted in to sit on the council and help us make decisions and plans.

“They are already playing an important part in helping Coleham School become more environmentally conscious and we look forward to developing this throughout the academic year.”

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