By Teresa Gomez, Communications and Marketing

27 September 2019 - 15:17

During a week of Global Action Against Climate Change, the British Council School has also wanted to participate in such a great international movement. That is why we have helped to raise environmental awareness by organising meetings and art projects which culminated in a beautiful display of sunflowers on Friday, 27th of September. The sunflower is the symbol which best represents this fight.

As a School we consider ourselves as Green Champions. That is why we have joined Global Action Against Climate Change, an international event, where thousands of people, many of them young people, have paused for thought for the environment. A break in which to create some art and raise awareness about climate change issues.

Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish girl, has become the inspiration behind this global movement. On the 20th of August last year, she spent a whole day sitting in front of the Swedish parliament buildings, asking the government to take climate change seriously and recognise it as the grave threat that it surely is. Since then, there have been peaceful protests in more than 70 countries, with the #fridaysforfuture hashtag becoming a global outcry asking governments to get involved in the fight against Climate Change.

We have also wanted to take part in the week´s activities, informing students, making them more aware of problems like deforestation and global warming and suggesting alternative solutions. We have portrayed this fight using dozens of beautiful sunflowers. The sunflower is a bright and cheerful flower, providing a delicious and hardy seed, a very versatile cooking oil, leaves for animal feed, a stalk which is strong enough to use to make paper, as well as of course, being very beautiful and having the ability to remove dangerous toxins out of the soil. Sunflowers, a symbolic image filling our KS1 playground, filling it full of colour and hope.