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Oakham School pupils take on climate change with sustainability challenge

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Pupils have taken part in a 30-day environmental challenge to play their part in tackling climate change.

Inspired by the COP26 summit last month, Oakham School took on a sustainability challenge which saw Upper School pupils renounce an everyday habit and change a behaviour which may currently contribute towards global warming.

Some of the pledges include only buying second-hand clothes, giving up meat and dairy, going plastic free and using reusable coffee cups.

The Upper School pupils with their sustainable items
The Upper School pupils with their sustainable items

The pupils’ aim is to 'be the change they want to see in the world', with the hopes that they will continue these new habits beyond the 30 days.

Head of upper school, Megan Fairley, said: “Young people play a significant role in the future of our planet and we hope that this challenge will allow them to make changes to become more sustainable in their everyday lives.

"We hope that they will keep these up long after the 30 days is up.”

Pupils with their sustainable items
Pupils with their sustainable items

Not only have pupils learnt about how changing something in their daily lives can help the environment, but they’ve also reviewed how wider behavioural changes of people across the world can really help to make a difference.

Form 6 pupil James, who is also part of a UK-German youth group on climate change, added: “The project is a challenge where everyone is encouraged to participate, and not just simply choose something easy, but to make a real change to their lifestyle.

“This is important to me because I believe that this COP will mark the starting point of people taking this issue seriously, and actually bring about change that will help us keep below the 1.5-degree rise. I also hope that it will start to encourage more pupils and young people to try and act more sustainably, instead of saying they cannot do anything, for longer than 30 days.”

His advice to pupils taking part in the challenge is to change something that’s not too radical or difficult so that they can try to keep this up after the 30 days is complete.

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