Birtley children go green to help save the rainforest

Pupils from St Joseph’s RC Junior school in Birtley have raised more than £124 (so far) to support women and men risking their lives to protect the planet. 

Leading up to the COP26 climate talks in November, Catholic aid agency CAFOD is challenging individuals, schools and parishes across the England and Wales to fight the climate crisis.

And the challenge is to create a climate-related fundraiser such as cycling, going vegetarian or plastic-free to support communities in the Amazon who are putting their lives on the line to defend the rainforest.   

A year 6 pupil from St Joseph RC Junior explained why he was inspired him to take part in the ‘Go Green’ challenge – and why standing in solidarity with communities on the frontline is important.

He said: “There are lots of people losing their homes and lives because of climate change. We must do something about it

“I feel like young people need to know what’s happening around the world. They need to get involved and act together to fight against climate change. Bush fires are destroying places where people live, and when those children grow up, they won’t have anything and won’t be able to take charge. We need to fight for them too.”

More than 100 pupils and teachers from St Joseph’s RC Junior school have fundraised for the climate crisis appeal.

They’ve had a green-themed non-uniform day and have written Go Green pledges and letters to world leaders ahead of COP26.

As well as artistic displays on the school fence, the school has held Go Green assemblies to explore ways in which communities can live a greener life, to support the men and women guarding our ecosystems.

You can donate to St Joseph’s “Go Green” fundraiser here.

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