hopeful earth conference

Environment Matters

Last October, Ditcham Park School hosted a Hopeful Earth Conference for Youth. Students from 9 local schools attended this event which was reported by the BBC. Students listened to presentations from Dr Tony Whitbread CEO of the Wildlife Trust, Philip Lymbery Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and Extension Rebellion activist Jack Harries. The purpose of this conference was to inform students about how they could take responsible and meaningful action to offset the climate crisis.

Global warming and the associated extinction crisis is the most important issue of our time. We are scared about the damage we are doing to our planet and how climate change will impact our future but we are hopeful that work can be done to make things less harmful.
We recognise that those who are least responsible for the crisis are affected the most. As we learn to change we will care for the most vulnerable and strive to create a more just and equal world.
This pledge affirms our strong and positive commitment to protect life on earth and to take action on climate change now. We pledge to act, to educate and make a change daily.

At the 2019 Hopeful Earth Youth Environment Conference, ten schools in Hampshire and West Sussex made a strong commitment to pledge action on climate change. Here is our pledge.

Our Pledge

We pledge to act; to change; to hope.

We demand positive action from our schools to:

  • Play a leadership role for our community to model how we would like others to act
  • Develop a curriculum that teaches pupils about the urgency, severity and scientific basis of the climate emergency and adequately addresses the profoundly unequal ways the crisis is manifesting itself throughout the world
  • Empower students to develop confidence and passion when it comes to making a positive difference in society, and come to see themselves as activists and leaders for social and environmental justice – and to support them when times get tough
  • Change the way food is provided for students, by introducing more vegetarian food to school menus (and having days when there are no meat options), reducing food waste and sourcing as much food locally as possible
  • Commit to reducing plastic use in school and to the eradication of single use plastics within school
  • Incorporate youth views into school environmental policy
  • Develop transport policies designed to reduce carbon emissions
  • Global warming and the associated extinction crisis is the most important issue of our time. We are scared about the damage we are doing to our planet and how climate change will impact our future but we are hopeful that work can be done to make things less harmful.
  • We recognise that those who are least responsible for the crisis are affected the most. As we learn to change we will care for the most vulnerable and strive to create a more just and equal world.
  • This pledge affirms our strong and positive commitment to protect life on earth and to take action on climate change now. We pledge to act, to educate and make a change daily.
  • Review all spending decisions in an environmental context
  • Include an environmental programme in the school development plan
  • Publish an ambitious, funded and time-based environmental policy
  • Celebrate our successes to help spread the word that change is possible.
  • As individuals – and together with other students and our local and global communities – we pledge to:
  • Listen to and respond to scientific evidence
  • Talk about climate change with our families and friends and share our knowledge
  • Think about what we buy and eat and to help our families reduce consumption and cut waste
  • Explore ways to save energy in our homes and at school
  • Reduce fossil fuel use by choosing more efficient ways of travel
  • Help nature, to organise green initiatives and volunteer to protect and restore the environment
  • Lobby local and national government to reform our climate education system and to incorporate youth views into policy making

We pledge to act; to change; to hope.

Ditcham Park News Hub

13 May

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Pre-Prep were considering what they would do if they could fly. Read Jack’s heart-melting ‘If I had wings, I would dream..’ We think Jack’s lovely Grandma will have an Extra Big Hug - hopefully very soon – & Santa will be pleased to have Jack’s help. Well done Jack! @DitchamPark https://t.co/T9K1hewEy6

13 May

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Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming ‘Macbeth’ for schools for free on YouTube. The tragedy is the Globe’s annual Playing Shakespeare production aimed at GCSE and A-level students and is trimmed to 90 minutes. @DitchamPark https://t.co/lgiymCt78K

09 July

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Let our #STEM week commence!! So many exciting activities, workshops and demonstrations from some amazing companies - thank you 🙏 @RoyalNavy @Siemens @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline @roamingrobots @ciwf https://t.co/uKUABrMmf0

06 July

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Did you know 2018 is the year of #engineering? At Ditcham we are promoting STEM to all of our #students to encourage them to consider their futures within these industries. https://t.co/mv9x5ehtn9 #womeninbusiness #YearOfEngineering @Siemens https://t.co/fN1mOqOr2H

05 July

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Doing amazing things to promote #Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths at Ditcham Park School…find out more https://t.co/0He8XP1IvD @bioPURE_service @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline #STEM #STEMweek https://t.co/Eief9ERpfs

03 July

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July 10th will see students in school taking part in a project designed by the Royal Society Of Chemistry . Completion of the project can earn students a Bronze CREST Award https://t.co/pokO7fspkk @RoySocChem @BritSciAssoc #STEM #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/xU0WvxttPw

29 June

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#Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths - giving our pupils the opportunity to explore more about these industries and helping them to make decisions on their future path in life. 😎 You can find out more about our #STEM day activities here: https://t.co/kuXQMi76uE https://t.co/VJ4XHYfMvC

27 June

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STEM DAY UPDATE: On Monday 9th July the Ditcham Park Senior school will be spending a day off site on #STEM inspiration trips 👍#engineering #maths #technology #science #education #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/sIYhS36OJf

27 May

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@astro_timpeake : Lots of people are asking about timings for tonight's spacecraft sightings. For the UK: @Space_Station , 21:20 (look west, right of the moon) @SpaceX launch, 21:33 watch here: https://nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public…, then about 21:50, it will be following the same path as the ISS over the UK #DitchamConnect #STEAM #SouthDownsClearSkies #WillYouBeWatching

22 May

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In this week’s newsletter we’re sure you will be dazzled by a live experiment, blown away by a selection of junior and senior art, say ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ when you see family pets helping pupils and you’ll find out what maths work made Mrs Whittle dance in her kitchen! It’s the magic of Ditcham! Wishing all our families a safe and sunny half term! #DitchamConnect #Rainbows #STEAM #Talent

22 May

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Friday’s PE Challenge is a bit different. As a Ditcham community we are aiming to clock up our combined jogging/walking/cycling miles and see how far we travel around the globe. The challenge begins today until the end of June. We’ll total the distances so make sure you send them in to pe@ditchampark.com 3 cheers to our PE team for all their videos…we’ve heard there are outtakes but we’re not really sure if you would like to see them? Let us know by Liking and Sharing this post…. #DitchamConnect #ForAllTheFamily #PhileasFogg #BloopersReward https://youtu.be/eZ86Bhp9sTk

22 May

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At Dragonflies we enjoy making craft activities and getting messy! We often use a range of resources such a junk modelling, paint and glue and stick different materials together - we particularly like using sparkly gems and sequins! We enjoy using our imaginations to create wonderful masterpieces. Why not try something a little bit different? Have a go at making a sock puppet using an old pair of socks! You could even put on a puppet show afterwards! #DitchamConnect #NoOrdinaryNursery #Sooty #Gordon https://www.ditchampark.com/nursery/ditcham-dragonflies/

21 May

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Each morning in Dragonflies we talk about what the weather is that day and we discuss in a small group what activities you could do in that weather. For example, when it is raining we love jumping in muddy puddles! When it is sunny we like taking our snack outdoors for a picnic. When it's windy we have talked about making kites and trying to fly them! Today's activity is to have a go at making a kite! What materials might you use? Do you think you could fly it in today's weather? #DitchamConnect #NoOrdinaryNursery #16Acres #LetsGoFlyAKite https://www.ditchampark.com/nursery/ditcham-dragonflies/

21 May

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The English Speaking Union (ESU) is organising a ‘Festival of Speaking’ during lock down to encourage young people to develop their oracy Listen to Toby Field, Joint Winner of the Performing Shakespeare Competition 2019, inspire students to take part. Toby explained how he found “learning a speech and stepping into a character’s shoes can help you find you own voice and give you confidence to use it”. #esufestivalofspeaking #ISAArts #DitchamConnect #Proud #FollowInTobysFootsteps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx33OEpeoSo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0MdHQGsKba1yYh7Mh2JD_l8Dm9HwFsqLZS7yJCQ_U0UEYmZVg3U7-AhNg

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