Pupils who are part of Millfield’s Eco Committee have led a revolutionary reduction of plastic bottles, reducing their use by almost 90 percent across Millfield’s Senior School so far since last term. The initiative has also led to a 56 percent reduction at Millfield Prep School.
The combined reduction is equivalent to 1.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same amount of emissions generated by one passenger taking three return flights from Bristol to Paris.
Leading the charge are Millfield Upper Sixth pupils Imara-Bella Thorpe and Emma Harvey, who along with Physics Teacher and Eco-Cordinator Karl Leonard, worked with Millfield’s catering supplier Chartwells to reduce the amount of bottles purchased and circulated around the school. The pupils couraged their peers to use refillable bottles in classrooms, at sports training sessions and at
The pupils, who are also talented swimmers, were inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet and their experiences growing up in their respective home countries of Kenya and Bermuda.
The Eco Committee, which has been running for six years, plans to continue to reduce single-use plastic, food waste and energy consumption at the school, with a number of initatives planned for the coming months.
Imara and Emma said, “We were truly inspired after Mr Horgan encouraged us in our first assembly to use our voices for change. The environment is something that effects us all and we wanted to show that even though we are young, we can still make a big difference. This is just the beginning: what we have been able to accomplish in a school this size is incredible, but there’s still more we can do.”
Millfield Headmaster, Gavin Horgan, says, “This an amazing example of pupil voice, and I am absolutely thrilled to see Millfield pupils actively changing the environment around them, not only for their peers, but for generations to come. I hope the success of this campaign inspires all of our pupils to drive the change they want to see in the world, and I look forward to helping them achieve those ambitions.”