Students from Bootham School are challenging York’s citizens 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. Over the past few weeks, the team has spent all their free time making a structure for an iceberg to be adorned with recyclable ice cream tubs.
Harriet Ennis, Bootham teacher and spokesperson for BEAST, explained, “On Wednesday, 19th June, the students will set up their skeleton iceberg in the Museum Gardens. Then, dressed as penguins, they will be handing out free ice cream to members of the public 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, “Taking a theoretical stand on issues like climate change is one thing, but for young people to go out and really engage with the public takes cheerfulness and courage. It’s about envisaging a better World and having the confidence to do something about it. All credit to them!”
Bootham School, the well-known independent Quaker School in York, was the first school in the area to be awarded a Green Flag Eco-Schools award. They are currently awaiting their Ambassadorship flag, a level held by only eleven schools in the entire country.