This year, as we embark on Breathe 2020, we find ourselves in new and unfamiliar territory. Since the advent of Covid-19 the world we knew has undergone sudden and rapid change, distracting us from an agenda which before was so clear and forcing us to rethink both the way we act and interact.
When the Breathe Programme was launched two years ago, our focus was on environmental issues in the broadest sense, examining our impact within our school and local community and the wider planet. The first week-long event was designed to raise awareness, but also showed how we can all make an impact, albeit with small but practical steps in the right direction.
With a combined school effort, we managed to reduce paper by the equivalent of an astonishing two trees a week. Our electricity, gas and water consumption went down by as much as 33% and together, we reduced our car journeys by 200 per week – just one factor in achieving our coveted Gold Travel Award from Transport for London that same year.