Last week (26-30 April), more than 2,000 pupils from 50 primary schools took part in environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy’s biggest ever virtual event.
Eco-Schools from across Wales joined a series of online climate change workshops and challenges. Each day, pupils learned about different aspects of the global climate emergency, including the importance of protecting forests and the rise of fast fashion.
They came up with creative solutions and some easy wins for reducing our carbon footprint, from reducing what we purchase and consume to using more sustainable forms of transport. They have also been inspired to get involved in nature-based solutions, including planting trees, supporting sea grass planting projects and peat restoration.
The message from all schools was clear – we must act now to protect our environment for the future. Isaac, a Year 4 pupil from Crickhowell Community Primary School said: “All the environmental change is terrible but together, if we work hard, we can stop it.”
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said: “It was fantastic to see so many Eco-Schools taking part in our climate change workshops; sharing creative ideas for how to achieve a more sustainable, resilient world.
“Although pupils have faced a difficult time over the past year, it was clear that their commitment to tackling climate change hasn’t faltered. We all need to follow their lead and act now to protect our environment for future generations.”