Black Country Students Go Green for the Environment
Published 16 Apr 2019 in Community
Young people from Walsall have been inspired to make their school and local community more environmentally sustainable after spending a week in the Welsh wilderness learning about ways to be more eco-friendly.
As part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Green Pioneers programme, twelve pupils from Walsall Academy joined a residential trip to the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey, Snowdonia. Those who took part learned about how they can help to care for the planet during a range of outdoor activities, identifying different natural energy sources, tracking their carbon footprint, and spending two nights camping in the wild.
The pupils are now using the trip as inspiration to develop a green action plan for their schools, homes and wider community with the help of Midcounties colleagues. As part of this they will look at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, lower energy usage and recycle more effectively.
To support this, the students will visit a Midcounties site to see the Society’s own sustainable initiatives in action, which have helped them to reduce their energy usage by 10% since 2015.
Jon Clarke, Shadow Headteacher at Walsall Academy, said: “Taking the students out of the classroom gave them a chance to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and see first-hand some of the effects humans have had on the planet.
“They are all now looking forward to taking what they have learned and use it to make a real difference in the school, and more widely in the area.”
Marnie Richards, Developing Young People Co-ordinator at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “We are committed to educating the minds of the future about the importance of living sustainably to ensure a greener future for all across the communities that we serve.
“The Green Pioneers programme has been designed to inspire young people to take responsibility for the environment and show them that they can influence others.”
The Green Pioneers Programme is part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Regional Communities strategy, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide impactful and sustainable support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives.
The Outward Bound centre uses outdoor activities to help teach the children about the importance of caring for the environment and living more sustainably, as well as helping them to develop new skills and improve their confidence.