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February 2006

Mike J Wells/Friends of the Earth

to the Shout about climate change magazine, packed full of exciting stories from Friends of the Earth’s climate change week, which took place in November 2005. Shout about is Friends of the Earth’s annual activity week aimed at raising young people’s awareness of environmental issues. This year’s Shout about week was a huge success. Thousands of schools and youth groups across the UK requested our free education pack and took part in the week. They created a huge array of exciting projects – from a documentary film about climate change, to exploring the potential of renewable energy and making posters to encourage parents to take action. Read on to find out more…

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The ice caps are melting, how long can you tread water? / We reveal the winning entry from our Shout about poster competition. Lights, camera… action / Students from Mountfitchet High School in Essex take the lead in a documentary about climate change… read this, other fantastic stories and an inspiring interview with 14 year-old Jack. “Shouts” from around the country / Find out what everyone else got up to.
Dave Powell/Friends of the Earth

Take it further / Want to keep “shouting”? Check out the links and resources page.

Editor’s comment
Over the following pages you’ll find stories from just a few of the many schools that took part during the week, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did putting them together. It has been thrilling to see such enthusiasm from young people. The awareness of the students I met during the Shout about week was really impressive and if they take this attitude into adulthood then I truly believe we can turn things around. All of the teachers and young people who took part in the week deserve a huge “Well done”. And anyone wishing to get involved in the 2006 project, remember… all you need to do is shout. Contact our Information Service Team on 020 7490 1555 for details.
Vicki Felgate, Youth and Education Co-ordinator

Want to keep “shouting”? Check out the links and resources page.
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The ice caps are melting, how long can you tread water?
John Edwards, Keely Edwards, Luke Hughes and Dionne Stuart, all 14, from The Greenhill School, Pembrokeshire in South Wales, created this winning poster using eco paint, reused plastic bags, old clothes and recycled paper and colouring pencils. “This one stood out because of the thought that went into the design and their use of eco materials,” said Friends of the Earth’s Director, Tony Juniper who judged the entries.
The Greenhill School/XL Club

The winning group attended a presentation event at the House of Commons in January, where they met with Environment Minister, Elliot Morley, and MP for Carmathen West & South Pembrokeshire, Nick Ainger.

Who said wisdom comes with age?
Chi-Chi Tang and Michelle Clarke from Nottingham Friends of the Earth visited Grove School in Newark during their environment day. Running an assembly and a series of workshops, they were impressed by the students’ concern about climate change. “It was really inspiring to see so many students being engaged in climate change for the day, they were all keen to join in,” says Michelle. The day included a debate; students performing a play, designing 3-D posters, writing news headlines and making personal climate pledges. To make sure the message spreads far and wide, the school held an open day where parents were invited to see the work and to learn about climate change from their child’s perspective.

Plane thinking
Pupils at Broadlands School in Bristol will never look at their food the same way again. With teacher Amanda Connell, they took a typical bag of shopping and looked at where it was grown. Using a map of the world they worked out that even an apple (which can be grown in the UK) could have flown as many as 10,000 miles to reach our tables. The less distance food travels, the less fuel is burned that adds to dangerous climate change. The students then designed leaflets to persuade their parents – those holding the purse strings – to buy food that is grown closer to home. “They learned how totally relevant it is to their lives,” says Amanda. “Local action really does mean global result.”

Paul Glendell/Friends of the Earth

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Lights, camera… action!
Penguins and walruses were the stars of a film about the ice caps melting, as Mountfitchet High School in Essex set up its own animation studio during Shout about week… Written, directed and recorded by students in the school’s gifted and talented group, the film will be used to educate the whole school about climate change. “I’m hoping that after watching it, people will get more of an idea about climate change and will take the initiative to do something about it themselves to make things better,” says Rebecca, 15. In addition to the Wallace and Gromit-style animation, the film includes news segments on the weather and natural disasters, highlighting how climate change will shape our future if we do not act now.

Dave Powell/Friends of the Earth


“…it’s well worthwhile, really good, really exciting but I’m absolutely shattered!”
Neil Crumpton, science teacher on organising Shout about week

Students lead the way
The school’s eco committee, formed entirely by students, shaped the week of activities at Mountfitchet. Head Teacher, Jo Mullis admits that the decision to run the week was “primarily because the committee were very enthusiastic.” With teacher Neil Crumpton the group organised the activities, covering many areas of the curriculum and ending with a green fair. And it doesn’t stop there; this group successfully lobbied for a more environmentally friendly building extension to the school and raised money to establish a wildlife garden in the grounds.

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“Every child will have been touched by the activities running during Shout about week and that’s not something you can say at the end of every school week.”
Jo Mullis, head teacher gives the project her full support

Vicki Felgate/Friends of the Earth

Driving the future

Year 10 pupils design a car powered by renewable energy
Neil Crumpton/Mountfitchet High School

Dave Powell/Friends of the Earth

“I’m really looking forward to the competition to design a car that runs on renewable energy.”
Jack Allwright, 14


“With the older generation they don’t think it’s their problem, but if we influence the younger generation they’ll be buying energy-saving bulbs and recycled paper for the rest of their lives.”


Ewan Smith, 12

“It’s important that everyone realises the dangers and the consequences of our actions.This week involves everyone and gets them interested.”
Eloise Scrimshaw, 16, Chairman of the school’s eco committee and deputy head girl

Jack Allwright is a pupil at Mountfitchet High School. An eco-conscious 14-yearold, Jack is clearly concerned about climate change. “I am worried that people take for granted what they have now and don’t think about the future.” His interest in the environment and commitment to reducing our impact on it has spread to his family. “We only have the heating on when we are at home, we recycle all of our waste and all of our light bulbs are energy efficient.” Jack enjoyed the week of activities organised by the school, particularly the competition to design an eco-car. When asked why schools should run an activity week about climate change he says: “So that children are more aware of what’s going on and to show the Government and world leaders that we are trying to do something about the future and we want them to help us out.”

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If we don’t do anything about climate change now we will regret it. England could be an example and incentive to other countries.
Chanelle Blace,18


students at Dover Girls College following lessons on climate change and the environment run by sixth form students. Using the Shout about climate change pack the school’s environment forum came up with ideas to reduce energy use and waste. Some students made pledges to reduce waste at Christmas by recycling, and the whole school signed one huge card to save on paper. “We don’t own the Earth,” says deputy head Ann-Marie Thompson, “we are just keeping it safe for those who follow”.

Wind power, polar bears and… football?
It may not be obvious that these have anything in common, but students from Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead quickly made the link during their visit to Renewable Energy Systems (RES) company headquarters. The groundbreaking zero-emissions office opened its doors to more than 400 students during Shout about week. RES education officer, Annie Heaton, organised a series of workshops to help young people think about solutions to climate change and to show them that greener living is possible. “This trip has shown us good ways of saving energy to slow global warming and help stop the polar bears dying,” says student Rachael Spurr. A fellow pupil worked out that “the amount of electricity generated by RES over the past two years would have powered the floodlights for more than 30,000 football matches, with no damage to the environment.”


Vicki Felgate/Friends of the Earth

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Students make headlines
In 2020 the world will be a different place, depending on what we do now. That was the message from students at Queen’s Park Community School in London. Using current news stories about extreme weather conditions, students created the headlines of the future – assuming we do nothing to slow climate change. It was a grim picture full of hurricanes, floods and droughts. But they also produced positive headlines, showing how the future could be if we all take action now. We know which ones we’d like to be reading in 2020.

“The project has helped to boost interest in our Environment Club and more people are going to get involved.”
Shauni O’Neill, 12, Loreto College

“It’s great – I continue to use the Shout about waste pack [from 2003] and will do the same with the climate change resource.”
Kate Wood, teacher at Reigate School, Surrey

A promising future


“We see this as the start and hope to go for Eco School status.”
Hanna Driscoll, teacher at Loreto College

Mike J Wells/Friends of the Earth

St Albans Friends of the Earth group member Amanda Yorwerth helped organise a week of activities at Loreto College. In her assembly on climate change students learned that even small things can make a difference – and as a result every student made a pledge. “I am going to get my parents to buy energy-efficient light bulbs and to turn down the temperature on our thermostat,” says 13-year-old Gaby. Amanda is still excited about her involvement with the school. “It’s been great to work with these young people, to see how enthusiastic they are about the environment and to making a difference in the future.”

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Take it further
There are plenty of ways in which you can continue to help save our planet. Check out the links below for top tips and info about climate change. Or sign up to take part in Shout about 2006. Contact us on 020 7490 1555 or visit educators/ Friends of the Earth Find answers to all your climate questions, win prizes and press for change. BBC Weather Centre Control the future in an interactive game of dilemma and consequence for the climate. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs uk/environment/ climatechange/schools/ Name a greenhouse gas? Online quizzes and info for projects and coursework. Suitable for children aged 7-16. learning/microsites/P/ planet/maieng.html Download video clips which show the impact of climate change and discover who is the world’s biggest polluter. Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) education/ Visit the best EcoCentre in Europe and see sustainable living in action.

“Please Sir!” “Why do floods happen?” “Where does all our rubbish go to?” “What do polar bears eat?” “How big are the rainforests?”

Driving you mad? Then pick up our new lesson plans for Key stages 1 & 2 at Written to accompany
Friends of the Earth’s Mad about leaflets, they provide exciting ideas on how to bring environmental issues to life inside the classroom. Explained in easy-to-understand lessons with syllabus links into geography, citizenship, ICT and English they are available for: climate change, waste and recycling, food, air pollution, natural habitats and tropical rainforests. Friends of the Earth’s Youth and Education Programme provides ways for young people to explore sustainable development, citizenship and environmental issues, either via teachers and youth workers or individually by themselves.

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