npower’s Climate Cops awards enterprising green-agers
Released on: March 27, 2009, 8:45 am
npower has announced the winning schools of the Climate Cops
Green SOS competition with a class of school pupils who petitioned
their local shops to ban all plastic bags emerging as the winners of
the national competition, scooping £20,000 for its school to invest in
Hellesdon High School in Norwich beat hundreds of schools to win the npower Climate Cops Green SOS at a ceremony held at the
Science Museum, London. The project impressed the panel of judges, including award
ceremony presenter Fearne Cotton as well as Piers Morgan and eco activist Eugenie
Harvey. The panel were impressed with the way the intrepid youngsters lobbied local
shopkeepers to ban bags, with 23 out of 56 local stores committing to stopping the
use of plastic in their stores.
Hellesdon was selected out of 10 shortlisted schools. Other top projects included
runners up Penrice Community College, Cornwall, for their fight to make house
numbers clearer to help the emergency services and reduce carbon emissions of
delivery vans and the pupils of Gateways School in Leeds, who worked with the
Women’s Institute and the world’s fastest speed knitter to make recycled fashion
Piers Morgan, head judge and champion of npower’s Climate Cops campaign, said: "I’ve been impressed by the
dedication to green issues demonstrated by each of the shortlisted schools. Their
determination to mobilise their schoolmates, families and local communities is just
the sort of green campaigning we need to make a difference to climate change."
Fearne Cotton, who met the children, all aged 11-13years, added: "These projects
are proof that if we all pull together we can make a difference to the environment
around us. It’s the little things that count and I urge us all to think green! We’re
hoping that Hellesdon's success will inspire plenty more school years get involved
with Green SOS 2009."
Npower's Climate Cops programme is part of the five year Brighter Futures initiative, designed to motivate eco-aware
students to turn their passion for the environment into positive action.
Students inspired by Hellesdon’s success can put themselves forward to take part in
Green SOS 2009. Shortlisted schools will be given the training and skills needed to
make their green mission fly, from selecting a cause, project management, team work
and using the media. Interested schools can find more information at
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