All Hallows Prep School Year 7 pupil Olivia was delighted to receive a letter from David Warburton, her local MP, in response to her concerns about global warming.

Olivia understands the devastating impact that deforestation has on our ecosystems and on global warming, and as an extension to Year 7’s lesson on global warming, she decided to write a letter expressing her views to her MP, David Warburton. She wrote with regard to issues such as the impact of climate change, deforestation and the use of palm oil.

Mr Warburton replied to Olivia in writing with a lengthy letter detailing his support of Olivia’s views, along with details as to how he has supported the environment and action against climate change in Parliament.

“I am very impressed with Olivia’s mature approach towards this task,” said All Hallows Head of Science, Heather Byne. “She focused on specific scientific information and has written in a persuasive and assertive way.”

Amazon rainforest Chief Ninawa Huni Kui visited All Hallows in 2020

Learning about climate change is firmly on the agenda at All Hallows, with a desire for each of our children to ‘use their knowledge, skills and passions to make the world a better place – and believe they can do so’ embedded in the ethos of the school. This was really brought to life for the children before lockdown when Amazon rainforest Chief Ninawa Huni Kui joined a school assembly to talk about the sustainable life his people lead and the threat of deforestation.

The school’s recently formed Eco Council will be eager to get together again, as soon as the Covid-19 bubble system allows. The council has already achieved a major success in significantly reducing the volume of single use plastics in the school by driving a change for the use of more sustainable drinking cups in school. The next steps of the action plan which have been identified by the children, to help reduce the school’s carbon footprint, are to tackle waste, energy and litter.