Green MattersEco and Sustainability

As concern for our planet grows, environmental issues and sustainability are high up on our students’ agenda and are the focus of many of the school’s curricular, extra-curricular, outreach and community activities.

Many of these are led by the Sustainability Committee which was launched in Autumn 2020 and aims to encourage the Godolphin community to take action to improve our carbon footprint and to raise awareness of how we can safeguard our planet.

In November 2020 the school took part in the national Youth Climate Summit and in November 2021 set up a programme of events to highlight the news and reports from the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Led by the Sustainability Committee, these included: providing COP26 news and updates for the Daily Dolphin newsletter; a film festival including David Attenborough’s A Life on Planet Earth, and the film Kiss the Ground; year-group assemblies; and a series of talks taking place in the Geography, Economics, Global Politics, Physics and Engineering, and Climate Change Societies including discussions about Environmental Law and Policy, Climate Change and Financial Crisis, and Sustainable Air Travel. The two-week programme concluded with an interactive session with a representative from the Hammersmith and Fulham Council on how our local area is being impacted by climate change and the measures that the council is putting in place to mitigate the impact.

As well as developing their understanding of these global issues and challenges, the students have been considering the small changes that we can all make in our lives to reduce our carbon footprint including making choices from our lunchtime menu based on CO2 emissions.

The committee has also secured funding from the PTFA for the G&L Allotment which they have cultivated with help from the Premises Team.