Green-fingered young people nominated for Climate Week award
Students from St Christopher’s CE High School and Sixth Form have won recognition for their community food initiative that helps the environment.
The Lancashire school’s Pledge 4 Veg campaign asked local people to promise grow their own vegetables. In return, the students gave them a starter pot of onions and garlic.
So far, 2,000 starter pots have been given away. The students estimate that 3,000kg of carbon has been saved because less food needs to be imported now.
The students are no mean entrepreneurs. Pledge 4 Veg was started with a grant of £80 from Make the Link - Climate exChange, and the young people then sourced more funding themselves.
They promoted their work through YouTube and got their local football teams - Acrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers - to back the scheme.
Climate Week is 'Britain's biggest climate change campaign', showcasing practical solutions from across society. Half a million people took part in the first Climate Week, in March 2011. Climate Week 2012 runs until 18 March.
Make The Link - Climate exChange is a joint project of the Citizenship Foundation and Plan UK.