At Putney High School, our eco-conscience has always been strong, but when Greta Thunberg seized the public consciousness and showed a whole generation the power of their own voice, Putney decided to turn protest into action. Fundamentally we decided that “It Starts with Me” and our whole community quickly committed to making the small but positive changes which collectively could promote change.
Every year Putney’s BREATHE week offers pupils from across the Junior and Senior schools the opportunity to participate in litter-picks, tree-planting, ‘plastic hackathons’, and a myriad of workshops and projects that help us save electricity and reduce paper and food waste. Over the course of the week, we collect and examine data that proves the measurable impact on reducing pollution, energy usage and the school’s carbon footprint more broadly.
Head of Senior School, Heidi Armstrong explained, “The scheme involves the whole school community in showing how small changes in both mindset and behaviour can actually make a large and lasting impact. It’s the starting point for positive change not only in attitudes, but improvement to our environment both locally, and more widely.”