Hands-on learning for conservation

Chloe Rice and Lauren Colwell taking part in Blackpool Sixth Form College's green week

Chloe Rice and Lauren Colwell taking part in Blackpool Sixth Form College's green week

  • by Chloe Balcombe

Blackpool Sixth Form students have been up to something fishy this week – as they welcomed visitors from Blackpool’s SeaLife Centre to celebrate their annual Green Week.

Students got hands-on with starfish and other creatures to try and learn more about protecting the environment.

They were able to hold the creatures and find out about their biology in the marine- themed week.

The college arranged talks from environmental experts and ended the week with a Fairtrade cake sale for one of their many themed days, Fairtrade Friday.

Chloe Rice, 16, from Marton, said: “We’ve enjoyed learning about how relevant sea life conservation is to our local area.”

Blackpool Council’s sustainability manager, David McGrath, has also been at the school telling pupils about the different wildlife in Blackpool and how they can help protect animals from pollution and over-fishing.

Along with Fairtrade Friday, students were challenged with other days such as Turn It Off Tuesday to see how much electricity they can cut down on and Meat-Free Monday where everyone was encouraged to ditch the meat and try the vegetarian alternatives of their favourite meals for the day.

And Green Week certainly inspired some students as Lauren Colwell, 17, explained: “It was great to find out about conservation work on our local beaches and how we can take part.”

Lauren wants to follow this career path in the future and said that the week’s activities have helped her find out more about opportunities she never knew about before.

Staff from the Living Seas Project, which is a vision for the future of seas across the UK, were on hand to give students like Lauren information about getting involved in volunteering activities.

All money raised during the week is being collected by the sixth form’s Eco Action Group and given to the Philippines Typhoon campaign.




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