Champion ideas to help save the rainforests

The Breck Rainforest Rescue Challenge Team.
The Breck Rainforest Rescue Challenge Team.
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FYLDE coast pupils have been crowned eco-team of the week in a national challenge.

Breck Primary School, in Poulton, was chosen as Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge Team of the Week after learning about how their actions in the UK affect the rainforest.

The youngsters, who won a FLIP Ultra II HD pocket camcorder, put together a green plan with recommend-ations for energy saving at school, including switching off energy supplies.

To reduce the school’s carbon footprint, team members have organised a Walk2School Week, planted seeds to help regenerate an outdoor area of school, built a ‘willow whale’ and created a mini-beast habitat. The challenge, a partnership between Sky, WWF and Global Action Plan, gets children involved in making a positive impact on rainforest growth, via their schools.

More than 2,500 schools have signed up for the challenge.

Year 4 teacher and history and geography co-ordinator John Calvert said: “The challenge has inspired children of all abilities. They have seen that their actions can make a positive difference to their world, locally and globally.”

Trewin Restorick, chief executive of Global Action Plan, said: “It is vitally important young people learn the global environmental importance of the rainforests.”