Students from Bootham School are challenging the Bootham community of parents and visitors to create a pop-up art installation to draw attention to the problems of climate change. The idea came from the student members of BEAST – Bootham Environment and Sustainability Team – who aim to encourage members of the public to make their own individual eco-pledges.
Harriet Ennis, Bootham teacher and spokesperson for BEAST, explained:
Bootham is an Ambassador School in the national Eco Schools initiative, which means we are here to promote eco awareness to the community at large. On Parents’ Day, we expect up to 1,000 visitors to be here for the annual end of year celebration. The plan involves a skeleton iceberg, which the students have created in the grounds. Our team will be dressed as penguins, handing out free ice cream to our visitors in return for a personal commitment to make an eco-pledge. The pledge could be turning down the central heating, cycling to work at least one day a week, taking your own bag for shopping, or going meat free once a week. The students have all made their own pledges and just want to encourage others to think about doing the same. Once the ice cream has been eaten, the empty tubs will be attached to the iceberg frame. And then, at the end of the day there will be a visual measure of the day’s success in the form of a pop-up iceberg.
Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, said:
The national recognition of Ambassador School status has been a tremendous achievement for the students, and something they feel passionate about. It’s about envisaging a better World and having the confidence to change attitudes. All credit to them!