Quest for Better Energy Inspires Young Minds
Pupils from four regional winning schools gathered in London on 14 June for the Better Energy School Awards National Award Ceremony - a fun-filled day to celebrate their inspirational project-based work. Organised in conjunction with the Young People's Trust for the Environment (YPTE), Total has sponsored the awards – open to every primary school across England, Scotland and Wales – for the past 12 years. Each regional finalist won their school £1,000.
Hanover Street Primary School from Aberdeen were crowned UK National Champions and received the top prize of £5,000. The school’s ‘Flying Eco Pigs Change the World’ project saw pupils learn about a wide range of environmental issues including single use plastics and the problems posed by discarded chewing gum on the streets of Aberdeen. They thought that if they could make their Eco Pigs (very cute papier mache pigs with eco messages on their wings) fly, then perhaps they could spread their message and change the world. The Eco Pigs travelled far and wide, with one going to the office of local MP Kirsty Blackman, who mentioned the children’s work in the House of Commons. Another now resides in the home of Sir David Attenborough, who sent them a personal letter of thanks for the work they were doing to protect the environment for the future.