Highfields School, UK
Green Day Event
Highfields School's Eco Action Committee has been working towards their Green Flag Award after achieving Eco School Silver Award. With this in mind, it was decided to concentrate their efforts on Global Perspectives. A Green Day event was arranged and held on 5 October 2009. School assemblies held during the week prior to Green Day concentrated on the areas of rainforest they had chosen and the endangered animals within those areas.
The Eco Action Team held a Green Day shop selling eco friendly items such as stationery made from recycled materials, Onya Bags (from parachute silk dyed with eco friendly dyes) and Envirosax (reusable shopping bags) to cut down on the use of plastics carrier bags and reusable sandwich wrappers to cut down on the use of foil and plastic wrapping. Green badges were also on sale with the chance to vote for the area the pupils wanted to save with each item purchased – the WLT project that was chosen by the students was Borneo.
A fantastic total of £1300 (including £50 in the memory of Sheena Bishop) was raised during the Green Day for the purchase and protection of land in Borneo. This event involved all 1450 students at Highfields and raised the profile of the World Land Trust and many of the issues about the plight of rainforests around the world.