School Pupils Switch Off for Climate Change and Celebrate Earth Hour
Published 16 Apr 2019 in Community
Pupils at Hazlemere Church of England Combined School joined millions of people across the globe in making a stance against climate change by switching off the power in their homes during Earth Hour (30th March).
Students took part in the world’s biggest switch off event following a workshop organised by colleagues from The Midcounties Co-operative, during which they learnt about the significance of Earth Hour and the importance of saving energy. The session formed part of the Society’s commitment to educating the minds of tomorrow on sustainable best practice.
As part of the creative workshop, students also made and decorated lanterns made from recyclable bottles to light their homes during the switch off.
The session was organised to mark Earth Hour, which took place at 8.30pm on Saturday 30th March. The event saw people in over 178 countries switch off their lights for an hour to make a stand against climate change. The movement began in Sydney in 2007 and has since inspired millions of people to take action to protect the environment.
Tracey Findlow at Hazlemere Church of England Combined School, said: “The Earth Hour workshop was a great way to engage the children by combining fun and creativity with more serious messaging around climate change.
“We’d like to thank The Midcounties Co-operative for taking the time to come into our school to deliver the session.”
Marnie Richards, Developing Young People Co-ordinator at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “We are committed to educating the future generation about the importance of reducing energy usage in our local community to ensure a greener future for all.
“We wanted to encourage the children to join people around the world by taking part in Earth Hour, and also hope it will inspire them to pledge to a more sustainable lifestyle in the long-term.”
The Earth Hour activities form 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.