QEGS Climate Week finished with an excellent day of events led by Philip Hunton, director of “Green up your act” (www.greenupyouracteducation.co.uk). He presented an initial assembly for Years 7 and 8, looking at how crucial trees are to our life and various sustainable and ecological ways of life. Students particularly engaged with alternative eco-friendly housing and the way in which the use of drones was helping to reforest vast terrains quickly and efficiently.
Simon Clarke, from Horncastle Climate Action then presented some thoughts about the role of carbon in our society, how we can reduce the impact we have on the environment and how riskier but perhaps more pragmatic solutions, including geo-engineering and sequestering are being considered to mitigate climate change.
Members of the Student Council (as well as several stand-ins) then spent the next few hours with Mr Hunton planting over 80 trees on our playing field. We learnt not just about how to plant trees, but also how vital they are for habitat preservation, reducing the carbon dioxide in our air, and how trees and forested areas in general can act as mechanisms of happiness.
The students thoroughly enjoyed planting the trees, and we hope they are a legacy to future students. We would like to thank Crowders Nursery of Horncastle for their generous donation of 100 saplings, supporting their local community.