Solar boats set sail

CSE advice staff run hands-on energy workshops at school ‘Green Day’

1 June 2010

CSE joined a range of environmentally-minded organisations such as Sustrans, Waste Watch, African Initiatives and Oxfam at a ‘Green Day’ organised by students and staff of St Mary Redcliffe and Temple Secondary School in Bristol.

The event was an opportunity for students from years 7, 8 and 9 – as well as staff – to find out more about sustainability at school and at home and take part in activities centred around issues such as energy, cycling, food and recycling.

CSE’s Morgan Griffin, Beverley Davidson and Elspeth Duncan ran solar workshops in which the students made boats from plastic drinks bottles and solar-powered propellers.

“It was a great way of bringing young people together and allowing them to think about and discuss sustainable energy,” said Morgan. “The school has been very enthusiastic about raising awareness of the issues, and are really taking positive action.”

CSE has a long-standing relationship with St Mary Redcliffe school. Students from its sixth form took part in the Climate Change Challenge, and the school is part of CSE’s ‘Redcliffe Carbon Challenge’ that brings together schools, churches, community groups, businesses and residents of the historic parish with the aim of collectively reducing carbon emissions.

A little bit of star dust was sprinkled on Green Day by the presence of Dick Strawbridge, presenter of the BBC’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ series. Dick was fronting the ‘Big Green Bus’ that squeezed into the school grounds for the day and which is full of green-themed hands-on activities for young people.

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