Young people across the country have caused controversy with school walkouts to demand action on the climate crisis – but they’re also forcing change inside the classroom.
As thousands of students prepare to take to the streets again this month, politicians are not the only ones under the spotlight. Pupils are demanding more from their teachers and families.
Children as young as five are presenting business pitches to schools on how to be greener, while pupils are begging their parents to stop engines running outside the school gates and calling on teachers to make school trips closer to home.
The number of eco-conscious students across the country has grown as a result of the movement led by teenage activist Greta Thunberg in recent months and the “Attenborough effect”, headteachers say.
Plastic bottles, straws and Christmas crackers are a thing of the past at some schools after student-led campaigns for the environment.
Pipers Corner School, a private girls’ school in Buckinghamshire, has employed an “environmentalist in residence”, believed to be the first of its kind, to address the rising interest among students.
Eleanor Busby, Education Correspondent