Over a period of four years Green Up Your Act was given the honour, by the Low Carbon Trust, of organising school visits and providing environmental workshops in the award winning Brighton Earthship.
Through interactive presentations, we take the class on a virtual tour of the building’s impressive range of sustainable technology; including solar panels, a wind turbine, rainwater harvesting, and the eye catching recycled materials used in the fabric of the building itself.
The Power of Trees Assembly
Trees play a huge role in storing carbon from the atmosphere, which makes them vital in the fight against climate change.
We need to increase tree cover in the UK to meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In this presentation, pupils will learn about the environmental benefits of planting trees. As well as understanding that as we return trees to the landscape, we improve our habitats for wildlife; with mammals, insects, birds, and butterflies becoming abundant as nature takes hold.
Food Miles Assembly
Food and its relationship with the environment is often overlooked.
50% of the food we buy is imported to the UK and 1/3 of it never gets eaten. As part of this presentations participants learn how far food travels by tracing the journeys of different varieties of fruit and vegetables. As a school we discuss together how food is grown, the benefits of fresh food and the responsibility we all have, to reduce the huge amount of wasted food and excess packaging which is produced every day.
Plastic in our ocean Assembly
In this assembly on marine litter, we learn at and discuss the use of single use plastic and their alternatives.
The destruction of the rainforest is one of the largest environmental issues facing mankind. In this assembly we take a look at some of the causes of deforestation.
The presentation starts by listening to the sounds of the rainforest. We quickly discover that rainforests are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They contain two-thirds of all the world’s plant and wildlife species. For example a single hectare of tropical rainforest may have as many as 200 species of trees. Large areas of rainforest have been cleared to make way for cattle farming and soya bean production. The removal of commercially valuable hardwoods such as teak and mahogany have accounted for most of the lost species.
- Thank you for the great workshops you did today. The best thing about it was that the children were really engaged in the activity and gained hands-on experience from the interactive workshops. It was particularly beneficial to the children as we made bug and bird houses for the school’s locality and at the end of the session, we placed the bug and bird houses around the school garden. It was important that the children took ownership of the location of the habitats, by making informed decisions as to the suitability. Each Eco session, throughout the school, fitted in with the relevant year group topics and enabled me, as a teacher, to put their learning into context through practical experience.Charlotte RodenSustainability Co-ordinator St Scholastica's Catholic Primary
- We really enjoyed our workshop with Philip Hunton it was thought provoking. The students were engaged to think about, food waste, packaging nutrition, and global perspective. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop this will be a good reminder for them to think green.Mrs Diane Calvert The Prebendal School (Chichester Cathedral School)
- Wonderful and informative and inspirational way for kids to have fun! Rafferty is still telling everyone about his orange juice carton wallet!
- The Green Shoots workshop was excellent! Teaching the children about food, and where it comes from in a fun and interactive way. I’m sure we will all think twice about food miles. Many thanks we look forward to working with you again.Mrs GoodwinOur Lady’s Catholic School
- Thank you so much. The children were buzzing with excitement on our return about bottle walls wind turbines and allotments!Emma FooksWestdene Primary School Brighton
- The whole school really enjoyed your assembly about the importance of recycling which was made even more interesting when you showed them the items that had been made from recycled material. The pratical activity of recycling newspaper to make a plant pot and planting seedlings was a good hands on activity in which all of our pupils were able to experience success. Many thanks Phil!Dawn MartinCedar Centre Brighton