‘Powerful, brilliantly written’ ~ praise for Molly’s Amnesty Article

We’re very proud that Molly reached the final 10 from over 3,000 entries to the 2012 Young Reporter of the Year Amnesty International Media Awards.  Molly’s article was part of Year 4’s study of the rainforests.  Molly was one of the youngest entrants.  In her article, Molly  highlights the plight of the Penan rainforest tribe in Borneo.  Emily Drabble, Contributing Editor, Guardian Teacher Network commented that Molly’s article was ‘outstanding and you should be very proud of what you have achieved‘.  And Joseph Harker, Assistant Comments Editor at the Guardian wrote that Molly, ‘added something to a story I thought I knew about‘.   Read Molly’s article in full:

I am shivering, my feet are trembling, it feels like there’s an earthquake.  I quickly scoop up the little ones.  I feel bewildered.  I hear monkeys screeching, madly swinging branch to branch.  My heart is thumping so fast that I almost can’t breathe.  I see a claw – it looks like a monster’s.  I scream with terror.  We run so fast trying to find a new place to hide.

When the loggers had gone, we returned to our shelter.  It had been ripped away.  The monkeys have gone.  Looking down for the river below, all that was left was a muddy trickle.  There’s only dead fish floating on their sides now.  Our food, herbs, spices and medicines from the forests are gone.  Now all we have is a dry no land with no trees and no lovely forest sounds. 

The Year 4 Bengal Tigers wish we could save the Penan tribes of Borneo by stopping those loggers.  Once they cut down trees with an axe which would take hours but now they take trees down in seconds with chain saws.  If the Penan try to stop the loggers they get sent to prison.  The loggers take down the trees so that palm oil can be put into products like chocolate and shampoo.  Did you know that half of all the things we buy in supermarkets have palm oil?  In just 8 minutes, loggers clear trees from an area the size of 180 football pitches – that’s a lot of forest!

Well done Molly!

 

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Year 4 join the World Land Trust Hall of Fame

Year 4 were delighted to hear that our fundraising efforts have been featured on the World Land Trust’s Hall of Fame!  Kelly Jacobs, Education, Outreach and Training Officer for WLT wrote, ‘I thought that you would like to know that the great awareness and fundraising activities of the Year 4 Meerkats have now been added to the Hall of Fame on the World Land Trust website. They have a page dedicated to their efforts.   I was very impressed with the blog, and as you can see I have recommended it on this page.  Please pass on my congratulations to the pupils, along with my thanks that should have arrived with the certificate by now.’  Please follow the link to visit the Hall of Fame!

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Earth Caretakers

The Year 4 Bengal Tigers have been working hard on their Earth Caretakers project.  This project draws together articles from four schools around the world, including our own, focusing on the environment.  Current Year 4 pupils were inspired by the work of last year’s Year 4 Meerkats and have written articles about what they did.  You can read our e-book at by clicking on the book cover below.    Enjoy!

Project Based Learning by the Year 4 Bengal Tigers

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Totally Clued Up Presentation

The Year 4 Meerkats were delighted to meet Sushma Parmar from Total who came to present them with their Totally Clued Up Award on behalf of YPTE, the Young People’s Trust for the Environment.  To find out more about the Meerkats’ Rainforest work, see our Totally Clued Up video on this page

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The Circle Gazette – Read Chloe, Anna & Milhan’s article about our palm oil project!

We’re thrilled that Chloe, Anna and Milhan’s article about our palm oil project has been featured on the front page of the July issue of The Circle Gazette! Congratulations to Chloe W, Anna & Milhan! Follow the link to read the article in full!

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Palm Oil Petition to the European Parliament

The Pedmore Meerkats have just sent off a petition from 159 children and staff to urge the European Parliament to vote on 1st July FOR a new law so that manufacturers will label whether their products contain palm oil. If you would like to help please email Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at caroline@carolinespelman.com or write to her at:

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Defra
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

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Appeal to schools to join our letter writing campaign!

The Pedmore Meerkats are now reaching out to local schools to ask them to join our palm oil campaign. This week we created this video which we’ll be sharing with St. Mary’s CofE Primary school next week.

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