The students that we work with on Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Days care about waste. It is the subject that they immediately grasp, whether it be food, clothing or general waste it piques their interest because it is something that they can see, feel and in some cases smell. The teams below are an example of how students have turned their attention to how to reduce waste and recycle in their schools, communities and beyond;
- O2, Oaks Park High School, Ilford – A campaign using badges made from bottle caps to encourage people to reuse reduce and recycle.
- Fast ‘n’ Fashion, Heath Park School, Wolverhampton – A campaign and workshops to raise awareness of clothing waste and upcycle your old clothes.
- Operation Recraft, Corbridge Middle School, Corbridge – A recycling competition in school where waste is used to create beautiful sculptures and artwork.
- Redivivus, Stratford School Academy, London – An app that measures and rewards better recycling behaviours.
- Food 4 U, Grace Academy, Solihull – A campaign to tackle food waste including the Leftover Challenge.
The schools that we work with play an important role in how and what they waste or recycle. Students in schools such as The Halifax Academy Hodge Hill College have persuaded their Senior Leadership teams of the benefits of becoming plastic free and young people will drive the action to reduce waste in the future. Programmes like Solutions for the Planet will help to meet the UN Global Goals, which include action on climate change, life on land, life below water, and sustainable cities and communities.
Written by: Claire Fitton, S4TP Programme Coordinator, North England
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