Two weeks ago members of SPEAC were lucky enough to host local school pupils for the first West London Schools Eco-Partnership meeting of the year. Year 8 to 13 representatives came from Godolphin, Hammersmith Academy, Latymer and West London Free School to share their thinking on the climate crisis and plans for future. We were joined by Noga Levy-Rapoport from Arts Ed School, a well-known teenage climate activist and organiser of the recent climate strikes who has written for the Guardian. We all discussed our own schools’ environmental initiatives and decided on some joint schemes to work on together.
This term we also held our first London Schools Staff Eco-Network meeting in the Old Library. Sustainability reps from around 20 schools attended from Lewisham to Hampstead to Sevenoaks and even from South Africa via Skype. Attendees included not only geography and science teachers but also DT and economics teachers, a Headteacher’s PA, a deputy head and a librarian. It felt like a really special event and we are already sharing exciting ideas via an online discussion forum. Both students and staff look forward to the next meetings, which will take place in the spring.