Prep School lends support to Earth Hour initiative
March 30, 2021

Rydal Penrhos Prep School once again lent its support to a global initiative to highlight the significance of climate change.

The topic of climate change is something that Rydal Penrhos Prep School pupils are always keen to consider at any given opportunity.

The green movement in recent years has been led by the Prep School Eco Committee, run by teacher Julie Woodthorpe. The group has promoted and launched some thought-provoking schemes across the Prep School, including their very own eco-garden and a penguin sculpture designed to collect used bottle tops for recycling.

Rydal Penrhos was keen to get involved once again in Earth Hour, which is a global awareness event held on Saturday 27 March, created by the World Wildlife Fund to “celebrate our amazing planet”.

Those taking part were invited to switch off from their screens and connect with nature, which is perfect for improving wellbeing and mental health.

Pupils and their families switched off their lights in unison at 8.30pm for one hour, with others shutting down electronic devices for the same length of time at any point during the day to find an alternative activity, such as reading, doing artwork or playing a board game.

During lesson time in the lead-up to the event, pupils spent time learning about the importance of Earth Hour and taking part in different activities such as using their senses to experience nature in the forest, making collages with natural materials and writing poems based on nature.

Mrs. Woodthorpe, said: “In the last 50 years we’ve seen our world reach various tipping points, with many species on the brink of collapse, average global temperatures rising, and our forests burning.

“During the pandemic, many of us realised nature was vital for our wellbeing. The good news is, by working together we can rapidly change things for the better. 2021 is the start of an important decade for climate and nature action.

“Global leaders from across the world will come together and make decisions that will have an impact on our future and could mean by 2030 nature and wildlife will be recovering all around us.

“We could have green jobs and cleaner air for the next generation and could be well on the way to the greener, fairer future that we need.”

Well done to all Rydal Penrhos pupils and family members that took part in this year’s Earth Hour. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.


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