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A growing green youth movement in the UK

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Evelyn Community Primary School in Merseyside in South West England has joined a thriving green movement, the Big Schools Bird Watch, which already involves more than 73 000 school children in the UK. The study is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in conjunction with the UK’s Sustainable Schools Alliance. Joining the Bird Watch grew out of planting a garden, says the school’s principal, Carole Arnold. The plot attracted new species of birds and the students planted seeds to feed them and habitats to protect them. They’ve learnt about biodiversity and make good use of the school’s new binoculars. Each term, a group of 12 students work in the garden so that all children may have their turn. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) reports that more and more UK schools are implementing biodiversity programmes. The RHS’s campaigning for school gardeners has 20 000 member schools, of which 81% plant with a purpose, to attract wildlife and pollinators. In north Wales, children at Ysgol Esgob Morgan Primary School have been nursing salmon eggs in a tank as a way to help prevent the further decline of these fish in the area. The students also help to pull out the invasive Himalayan balsam and protect the school’s hedgerows where bees, butterflies and birds seek refuge. Teacher Richard Atwood says that for young children from deprived areas, having a natural place to protect is an important psychological tool that helps with building self-esteem. The RHS also runs an annual competition called the Green Planet Challenge, won in 2017 by a Welsh school named Y Plant School. Students and teachers successfully brought back the endangered marsh fritillary butterfly to the area. A teacher at the school says: “I’d say students are more tolerant and interested in environmental topics [nowadays]. They realise their future is dependent on preserving the world around us.” Across Europe, teens are becoming more involved in the battle to rid the world of plastic, a story that Independent Education will run in the spring 2018 edition.

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