Jane Trowell, a turbine maker, talks about how glad she is with the initiative to work the children of elementary schools and teach them about their environment and green energy.
Green Activities in Elementary Schools in the UK Speaker: Environmental initiatives in schools are becoming more common. This school in the United Kingdom capital London, the people has achieved what they claim is a world first. They are using tidal energy to help light up their classrooms. The children here, age between four and eleven attend St. Joseph Primary School and already they won awards for their commitment to the environment. The school is a way ahead of most others in its core environmental studies, and they’re not working in isolation. They now have their own website to promote what they are doing and to talk to other schools in other parts of the world. Antonia Gyekye: We do emails and we send them most to other countries because we have—from other schools and other countries. We write to them and we find information in them. Dee Russell: I think children in the third world are much -- it’s part of their whole way of life and they see it more intimately than ads do. Ads have to see it through other avenues or through other stimulus like a television or me doing activities in school. Now, we’re generating in our grounds because obviously, we’re creating these learning opportunities everywhere we possibly can within the school. Speaker: Studies are one thing but the practical application of clean technology to run the school s another. The pupils here were quick to realize the potential of having a river running close by which could provide a cheap energy source. So, they set about tapping into it with the local environmental group. They built a micro- hydro electrical turbine which now powers the lights in the school music room. In so doing, it’s amended the children’s relationship with their local environment. Jane Trowell: We feel that it’s a brilliant relationship and the way that many groups should be working with schools. So, the turbine helps us to have a long-term relationship. Maria Howard: This provides power and well, the power of the water spins round and makes electricity. I think it’s pretty clever. It’s energy from the water, a clean energy. Speaker: The children’s appetite for their environmental studies does however have a downside because the traditional core subjects like Math’s and English take precedents. But one thing that the environment has done here in the school where many of the children are from under privileged backgrounds and facing uncertain future in the inner city is that it has put learning firmly back on to the agenda. Tony Coleman: Our children are our future and thank God, there has been a complete sort of paradigm shift I believe. And the children now as they grow up will ensure when they become the parents they teach their children the right thing to do. In many cases, it is the children who are teaching the parents and they learn very well in the school.