As you will be aware, there have been a growing number of climate protests from young people around the world. A recent protest in September saw nearly 7 million children across the world making their voices heard, sharing their concerns about global issues around climate. On Friday 29th November, there is the next planned global school strike.
I have had a number of conversations with parents about the importance of giving our own children a voice. As you will know, we are currently working with St Mary’s in Yate around the design of our curriculum to ensure that it is real, relevant, globally focussed and developing our children to be ‘brave changemakers’ in the world that they are growing up in.
I have worked with a small number of parents and governors to come up with three ways that we, as a community, can play our part in helping to raise awareness of green issues and helping our planet.
1. Join in a ‘Climate Protest’ from 8:30 – 8:50am on the side of the A38, in a safe place, just outside the front gate of St Helen’s Church
Create a banner and come and join other families in making your voice heard about climate change. Parents will need to be fully responsible for their children during this time and then at 8:50am ensure children arrive at school in time for registration at 9am.
2. Bring in a £1 donation to plant a tree
We’ll be sending off all donations to the organisation ‘Just one tree’ who will plant a tree in an area of the world where there are high levels of deforestation. One tree will be planted for every £1 that we can raise.
3. Travel to school in a more ‘carbon neutral’ way!
We’d love to encourage everyone to travel to school in a more carbon neutral way that day. It could be that you walk, scoot, cycle, share a car to school, or it might be that you could reduce the distance that you would normally drive and then walk the rest!
We hope that this ‘menu’ of different opportunities will give children and families the chance to engage with environmental issues on Friday 29th November.
I’d like to say thank-you to the parents who have spoken to me about this and come up with some of the ideas for the day,