Peterborough pupils help protect the environment and look after wildlife
A group of pupils at the City of Peterborough Academy have formed an environmental club to help protect the environment and look after local wildlife.
Ameer Ramatally, Mackensy Hepton and Benes Baukas, all Year 8 pupils at the academy which is sponsored by Greenwood Academies Trust, formed their eco team at the beginning of the new academic year and volunteer their lunchtimes to pick up litter.
They specifically focus on polymer plastics which are a main hazard for local wildlife that frequent the school, including birds, badgers and foxes.
The eco-team also have plans to build on their existing work by inspiring people to: use less plastic, eat more fresh, unpackaged food and organise fundraising activities to help the academy purchase more recycling and alternative waste bins and become greener.
Ameer said: “Looking after the environment is so important, and with the climate emergency impacting us more each year we wanted to do our part to reduce waste, properly recycle and make our school as clean and green as possible.
“Every little bit helps, even if it is something as simple as picking up litter, and we look forward to developing our eco club so that we can inspire others to be environmentally friendly and achieve even more with the help of Mr Pearce.”
Ben Pearce, principal at City of Peterborough Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of Benas, Ameer and Mackensy. They are all so passionate about the environment and every day, without fail, they do their very best to make the school cleaner and more environmentally friendly.
“They are superb role models, not only to their peers but to us as a community, and I look forward to supporting their plans to reduce waste and the use of plastic across the academy.”