A group of pupils were tasked within their homes to reduce their carbon footprint. The challenge was set by the BBC television presenter, Ayo Akinwolere, who also accepted the challenge.
The children initially worked with Leicester University, Dr Emma Fieldhouse, in a programme called ‘Carbon Footprinting in Schools’, learning about the effects of carbon footprinting and its impact upon our school, community, country and world. The children played a game and were required to compare and order the carbon footprint of such things as:1kg of bananas compared with a first class flight to Australia; a furiously boiling saucepan with the making of hard cheese and the designing, making and transportation of jeans and trainers.
Having learned about carbon footprinting, the children rose to the challenge of reducing their own carbon footprints within their homes working with their families. After seven days, the results were revealed in a whole school assembly and to rapturous applause, the children beat presenter Ayo Akinwolere!
The children’s research and findings will feature in BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programme, which, will air on Monday 2nd September.