Environment Secretary Michael Gove today visited Wilberforce Primary to speak about plastic and food waste and to find out about the steps the pupils are taking to protect the environment.
The London primary school is currently participating in environmental project ‘A Future Without Rubbish’ which seeks to educate school children about sustainability and the importance of protecting the planet. As part of the project, the pupils are being encouraged to
reduce their use of single-use plastics and cut food waste, and to think of ways they can minimise their impact on the environment.
Speaking to the primary school children, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP said:
“We want to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it, and it’s great that young people at Wilberforce Primary are playing their part.
“I’m delighted the next generation are being inspired join the fight against unnecessary food and plastic waste, and help us tread more lightly on the planet.”
Head Teacher of Wilberforce Primary, Claire Macfie said:
“We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to Wilberforce Primary today and to show him how we are teaching pupils about the environment. Through our commitment to deliver an Education with Character, we constantly strive to instil in pupils that they all have a responsibility to look after and protect the planet. I was very proud of how articulately our pupils explained the role they all have to play in looking after the environment.”
Luke Douglas-Home of Association A Future Without Rubbish (AAFWR) said:
“Wilberforce Primary is certainly blazing a new trail in what it teaches its pupils and improving its own environmental impact. What the school is doing as part of A Future Without Rubbish should be the model for most schools regarding food and plastic waste.”
Robert Patterson from ReFood, which collects the food waste from Wilberforce Primary, said:
“ReFood are delighted to be working with AAFWR and Wilberforce Primary to ensure their waste food is recycled in ReFood’s state of the art Anaerobic Digestion plant in London. The waste food is used to produce gas for homes and fertilizer for farms.”