FHS tackling climate changeCorinne
Fairfield High School’s student eco team is an active group of students who care passionately about their immediate environment and the world as a whole. Despite the tricky times COVID has thrown at them, they have managed to put into place a number of impressive and sustainable initiatives, which have had a swift and positive impact on the school’s 1,100 student population.
In collaboration with representatives from the charities Sustrans and Living Streets, the eco team has focused their attention on encouraging people from the school community to use more environmentally friendly ways to travel such as cycling and walking.
- Running a survey to see how people travel to school, and how they would like to travel to school
- Creating a social media competition where people posted photos they had taken on walks. Photos were posted tagging #activeFHS and @ec0team, and were entered into a £15 voucher prize draw. Every fortnight there was a different theme for photos, such as shadows or graffiti
- Raising awareness of the benefits of walking, and giving advice to students, especially to boys, on how to make the streets less threatening for women and girls
- Providing sessions for people to have their bikes checked over
- Encouraging people to cycle by holding prize draws to enter when bikes are locked up at school
- Finding areas of walking infrastructure that needed to be improved, and collating a document of photos, issues, and locations to send to the council
Bobby Walker, Geography Teacher and Leader of Eco Team at Fairfield High School comments:
“These initiatives are down to the energy, drive and determination of the students, most of whom have now moved on to Sixth Form. I am delighted to hear they are continuing their positive activism in the wider community and we now have a new cohort of eco-warriors to build on their legacy.”
Note courtesy of Bristol Education Partnership Challenge update 2021:
Schools within the Bristol Education Partnership (BEP) started working together with local environmental organisations in 2019 to develop projects to help tackle the climate emergency. This was BEP’s launch project and since that time work has continued. Whilst progress has inevitably been affected by the pandemic and the various lockdowns, students and staff have met to discuss their achievements to date and plan future activities.
With COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November, when the UK will be hosting international climate talks, it has never been a better time to showcase examples of encouraging work taking place.