Belmont Grosvenor schoolgirls hoping for a GREEN Christmas
Two young pupils at a Harrogate independent prep school are dreaming of a Green – rather than White - Christmas this year.
Belmont Grosvenor pupils Emma Klauser and best friend Awen Peel are drawing up their Christmas wish list – with action to avert the climate emergency at the top of their letter to Santa Claus.
Seven-year-old Emma has written to Father Christmas asking him – and adults - to gift less plastic over the festive season while best friend Awen, also seven, is urging people to plant more trees, eat less meat and use ‘pester power’ to bring about change.
The two girls, both in Year 3 at the Harrogate co-educational school, are members of Belmont Grosvenor’s thriving Eco Club.
With more than 40 Eco Club members, BGS pupils are active campaigners for environmental change – the school’s Green charter includes reusing and recycling, litter picks and light switch offs, as well as growing their own fruit and vegetables in Belmont Grosvenor’s allotment and taking part in beach clean ups.
Earlier this year Belmont Grosvenor School was awarded a coveted Eco School Green Flag award, recognising its efforts to create a more environmentally-friendly school community.
As well as writing to Father Christmas, Emma has set up an on-line petition at change.org calling for people to stop gifting plastic toys in plastic packaging this Christmas – as well as asking toy manufacturers to think more about the environment.
“We have learned a lot about the environment at my school – I’m a member of Belmont Grosvenor’s Eco Club – and I’ve seen lots of depressing pictures of what plastics are doing to our oceans,” said Emma.
“I don’t think that grown-ups are doing enough to help. With Christmas coming up, I’ve been thinking about my gift list and would like to ask you to stop gifting toys made from plastic,” she added.
Her best friend Awen, inspired by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, took part in the recent School Strike in Harrogate – and presented her three-point plan to reduce environmental damage impact on the planet to fellow Belmont Grosvenor pupils in assembly.
Mum Megan Peel is very proud of her daughter, Emma and all the BGS pupils who are putting the environment at the forefront of their minds, and keen to take action to help avert the climate emergency.
“This is a real passion for Awen – and she wants to get her environmental message across that even doing something very small can make a difference. She is spreading the word in school and wanting everyone to think about their future, and how they can do something to help,” said Mrs Peel.
Said Awen: “If you don’t think your family or your friends or teachers are doing enough to help, pester them to do something more. Even little things can make a difference.”
Last week pupils organised a non-uniform day to raise money to plant trees through the Just One Tree fund, which aims to plant trees to combat the effects of deforestation across the world.
Belmont Grosvenor School, at Swarcliffe Hall, Harrogate, is set in 20-acres of grounds and welcomes children from three months to 11 years. Rated ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ in its latest ISI Inspection, for more information or to arrange a tour, visit the website at www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk or call 01423 771029.