Seniors and the environment
Friday 22nd January 2021
This morning at Assembly, Mrs Raffray announced the winners in our Earthshot competition. You will remember that last November we wrote about The Earthshot Prize, whose website stated, ‘The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years. The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action.’
Inspired by this, Miss Keep, Geography Department, launched our own competition for Seniors to become involved in the Earthshot Prize. She said, ‘The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for us all, for generations to come. Each Earthshot is underpinned by scientifically agreed targets including the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other internationally recognised measures to help repair our planet. The Earthshot Prize aims to find new solutions that work on every level, have a positive effect on environmental change and improve living standards globally, particularly for communities who are most at risk from climate change.’
Open to all Seniors, pupils were invited to enter individually, in pairs, groups or families. The aim was to come up with a solution to one of the five different problems in the world: protecting and restoring nature, cleaner air, reviving our oceans, building a waste free ocean, and fixing our climate.’
As our competition winners were selected, Miss Keep writes, ‘I am so pleased with the presentations we received, there were so many to choose from! Congratulation to our winners, and thank you to all our entries – they were fantastic!’
The winners are:
In first place, Siya Sehgal in Lower VI for her idea to genetically modify photosynthesising bacteria in our oceans. In second place came Sienna St Paul in Lower IV for designing an anaerobic digestion plant and in third place came Sachkeerat Chatha and Lily Wright in Lower IV for their unique idea to question consumer habits by creating a law for companies to print whether or not they use palm oil on all of their products.
Above: Sienna’s design for an anaerobic digestion plant
Our winners will all be emailed a gift voucher for Not On The High Street : A sustainable company which works which supports UK business and will also be entered on behalf of the school formally as a part of the Earthshot Prize.
The entrants to our competition are to be congratulated for their creativity, their ingenuity and their inspiration. Congratulations to all!