Schoolchildren Get Green with University of Worcester

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Ninety children from a Worcester school spent the day at the University of Worcester learning about sustainability and the environment.

Litter pickThe pupils, from Christopher Whitehead Language College, also took part in a litter pick between the University’s St John’s and City campuses.

The day was organised by Katy Boom, the University’s Head of Sustainability and Development, alongside the Duckworth Trust and involved University staff, Community Support Officers, and local councillors.

“The main aim of the day was to teach the schoolchildren the impact they have on the environment,” Ms Boom said. “They identified some themes that they could make a really big difference with, such as, litter and waste, energy use, transport and recycling.”

She added: “It was a great way to get local children seeing the campus and experiencing what the University is like. We are a community campus, which is really important to us.”

The youngsters, from the school’s Brunel house, spent the morning learning about sustainability and the environment. They also heard about how population growth affects the environment and religious perspectives on the subject.

“We heard about how different religions see the environment,” said 15-year-old Ryan Gwilliam.

“We were taught about being stewards as well; some people believe God created the world for us so we should look after it,” added 15-year-old Andy Woodyatt.

The litter pick started at lunch time from the University of Worcester’s Henwick Grove campus through to the new City Campus. City Councillor Margret Layland was actively taking part.

“I’m hoping the day will instill the importance of the environment and the feel good factor of cleaning up the local area,” she said. “Hopefully these kids will take what they’ve learnt and apply it when they are with their peers.”

Community Support Officer Ian Sweatman was also on hand to help out. “It’s a great way for the kids to get to know their local CSOs and to show that we do get involved in the community and its environment,” he said.

The day finished after the group reached the City Campus. Kat Salmon, a student eco representative was very positive about the event. "It was a really successful day,” she said. “The children were very cooperative and enthusiastic about what they learnt.”