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COP27 and The Earthshot Prize

Yesterday, we held an assembly to talk to our Prep pupils about COP27 and The Earthshot Prize.

With so much news coming out of COP27 about the urgent need for action, we wanted to inspire our pupils by showing them the positive work that is being done to protect the environment, so we turned to The Earthshot Prize.

Set up by The Prince of Wales, The Earthshot Prize is now in its second year and has set the challenge to restore the place that we all call home. A prize of £1M is awarded to projects in five categories- Protect And Restore Nature; Build A Waste-Free World; Revive Our Oceans; Clean Our Air and Fix Our Climate. This year, 2 of the 15 finalists are from the UK and are called Low Carbon Materials and Notpla.

Concrete alone causes 7% of carbon emissions into the atmosphere and in response to this Low Carbon Materials have developed a material called Osto which is a carbon negative lightweight ingredient that can be used as an alternative to traditional aggregate. It is made out of non-recyclable plastic waste and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere so fulfils two very important functions.

Notpla is making packaging disappear by leading the way in reducing society’s reliance on unnecessary single-use plastics. Their biodegradable packaging solutions are made from seaweed and plants and leave no trace at their end-of-life. Notpla products respond to a specific plastic problem identified across multiple industries, from food, cosmetics to fashion and electronics.

We were so grateful to Margaux Deguerre from Notpla who took the time to send us a special video demonstrating some of the Notpla products. Our pupils were thrilled to receive this personal message from an Earthshot finalist.

The sheer ingenuity of the 15 finalists was so inspiring and gave us all cause for optimism. We also showed pupils some photographs of our Prep staff taking small environmental actions and we’ve challenged them to send us pictures of steps they are taking which we will display on our Climate Action Wall.

To see more about The Earthshot Prize, please click on the link below:

https://earthshotprize.org/