Emerson Park School’s green teens praised by Ben Fogle

Green teens have been praised for their work to combat climate change by television presenter Ben Fogle.

The group of pupils from Emerson Park School met the adventurer at the final of the npower Climate Cops SOS competition, where he was a judge.

Youngsters from the school made it to the event’s final with their Climate Crunchers project, which aims to reduce their carbon footprint through a variety of methods including growing produce and recycling.

The school, in Wych Elm Road, Hornchurch, has already been given a Silver Eco Schools award for the project.

Mr Fogle said: “Emerson Park School students have proved that small actions can make a big difference - npower’s Climate Cops SOS is a great way to give young people the tools to make a real difference in their community.

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“The innovation and creativity shown in the projects the children have designed and implemented is inspiring and they have demonstrated the power their generation can have to make change happen.

“During my adventures I have seen natural beauty everywhere from the rainforests of Borneo to the deserts of Africa and to know young people are actively helping preserve these bodes well for future generations.”

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Students from Emerson Park were given �1,000 last year to put their scheme in action, and took part in a number of training sessions, including one with former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.

The school was competing against nine others from across the country. The top prize was given to Dina Bran from Llagollen in Wales for their idea to create a pond and bog garden from reclaimed land.

Registration is now open to find the next winners of the npower Climate Cops SOS competition. For more information visit www.npower.com/climatecopssos.

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