Our students have teamed up with the East of England Co-op and created an environmental campaign after being inspired by the recent COP26 climate change conference.
The project will take place at Suffolk New College Ipswich campus and will see around 20 students on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses promote and learn about green issues.
To do so, they will use a £500.00 donation from the East of England Co-op to find out about fair trade, food miles and they will create their own recycling scheme.
The group will also be purchasing seeds that they will grow to gain knowledge on how to become more sustainable in their lives outside of education.
Head of ESOL at the College, Suzy Haynes, said:
“It’s been a busy few months for our ESOL students. Firstly, they took part in a competition as part of Suffolk Day where they expressed their love for the county through writing. Then last month, they met up with the MP for Ipswich, Tom Hunt.
“Now they are making a strong commitment to the environment via this project. We can’t thank the East of England Co-op enough for their generous donation. Everyone in the group was affected by the COP26 conference and wanted to do something proactive for the environment and we can’t wait to get started with our campaign,” she added.
Community Engagement Senior Co-ordinator, Lewis Upson, said:
“At the East of England Co-op we’re committed to taking action to help save our planet, reducing food waste and making real changes to become carbon neutral by 2030. We’re very excited to be working with the college on their environmental campaign and look forward to seeing what can be achieved through their passion and drive to make change.”
Student, Osman Osman is studying on an entry level two ESOL course. He said:
“It’s important to do things for the environment to make the world a safer place.”