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Weekly Roundup Sustainability Energy Education 10 July 2020

Pic of the week

Children eating apples The Orchard Project

Children enjoying healthy apples grown on a project supported by ‘The Orchard Project’


Sustainability

Our good news sustainability story this week is about growing apples and pears in community orchards.

Jo Hooper (spokesperson for The Orchard Project) was interviewed by LLE.

“The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated to teaching people the skills and knowledge to replant old orchards, and start new orchards in areas that will benefit the whole community.

“Fruit trees are a vital part of the lifecycle of insects, birds and small animals. The trees mature very quickly giving insects living space in cracked bark and little ’rot holes’.

“And as for people, well they get fruit, friends, new skills and exercise. They also create places to be calm and mindful.

Girl picking an apple The Orchard Project

Learning about growing food is a vital life skill and helps children become confident with nature

Many insects live out their entire life cycle in orchards.

Noble Chafer beetle. Photo by Russel Miller

Noble Chafer beetle. Photo by Russel Miller

Red Belted Clearwing. Photo by Russell Miller

Red Belted Clearwing. Photo by Russell Miller

The solitary European Orchard Bee. Photo by Susan Walter

The solitary European Orchard Bee. Photo by Susan Walter

The simple act of planting fruit trees locks in carbon, creates oxygen, feeds people and nurtures insects that provide food for birds.

The Orchard Project runs school outreach programmes. Contact abby@theorchardproject.org.uk 


Energy

This week we are focusing on transport to and from school, which is set to become a HOT TOPIC, not just for the energy used, but COVID safety concerns & capacity in the winter months ahead.

Modes of travel to school. Picture by UK Gov

Modes of travel to school. Picture by UK Gov

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/476635/travel-to-school.pdf

The average primary pupil lives within 1.6 miles of their school rising to 3.4 miles for secondary students.

With bus passenger numbers restricted to around 20 per double decker bus, that will make buses unviable for many.

Car journeys will rise and so will sales of petrol, diesel and associated pollution around school gates & drop off points.

School run cars cause pollution, congestion, uses enormous energy resources

School run cars cause pollution, congestion, uses enormous energy resources

Drivers should be encouraged to switch off idling engines outside schools.

For example the highly respected consultancy Cambustion recommends drivers of modern diesel cars to switch off if not moving for 3 seconds! This minimises Nitrogen Oxide pollution of children.

Education

“Pupils might work scientifically by: exploring the work of scientists and scientific research about the relationship between diet, exercise, drugs, lifestyle and health. “ Source: Nat Curriculum Science Years 5 & 6

“Statistics Pupils should be taught to: solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph …” Source: Nat Curriculum Maths Years 5 & 6


I love it when science and maths work together to bring context and insight to problems. Seeing Covid on a global scale and by those recovered can help.

Over 7 million reported cases of Covid cured - picture Worldometers.info

Over 7 million reported cases of Covid cured – picture Worldometers.info


Over 50% of reported Covid cases are in just 4 countries. Picture Worldometers.info

Over 50% of reported Covid cases are in just 4 countries. Picture Worldometers.info


Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases/

Puzzle of the week

Puzzle 2020-06-29

Visit: https://letslearnenergy.co.uk/puzzle-of-the-week/


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