School goes pre-electric

PUBLISHED: 12:01 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:53 17 June 2010

BRANSCOMBE Primary School experienced what life is like without lights, computers and kettles when the school?s Eco Club sprung a surprise day-long-blackout. The club was set up in the summer of 2007 and has been trying to make the school a more eco frien

BRANSCOMBE Primary School experienced what life is like without lights, computers and kettles when the school?s Eco Club sprung a surprise day-long-blackout.The club was set up in the summer of 2007 and has been trying to make the school a more eco friendly place. Five children, Hebe, Susannah, Amy, Abby and Jasper, who form the school?s electricity group - part of the eco club - posed as electricity inspectors and told the school about the day without electricity in assembly. They then explained to the children about the environmental impact of non-renewable electrical sources and insisted that something had to be done.Abby, 10, said ?It?s really sad what happens when we burn fossil fuels. We wanted to show everyone how much we rely on electricity but why we should also be reducing the amount of electricity we use.? To help the children learn more, the inspectors arranged a visit from a renewable energy specialist, Michael Horsnell, who runs Kaieteur in Sidmouth.Head teacher, Katie Gray thought the day had a big impact ?We used a quarter of the electricity that we would normally use in a school day.? ?With the Eco Club we try to show the children that we all have a global responsibility. The great thing about the Non Electricity Day was that every single child and member of staff did their bit to help the environment.?

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