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The Geography Department’s entry to The Hunter Foundation’s Scotland’s Climate Champions competition was selected as one of three national winners alongside Denny High School and Perth Grammar School.
As a result, 8 pupils, along with Ms Hay and Mrs Hughes, enjoyed a memorable evening at the National Museum of Scotland hosted by Sir Tom Hunter. Guest of honour was Sir David Attenborough who spoke about his lifelong work, and how things have changed in documentary film-making over time. He addressed deep concerns about Planet Earth and the urgent need for action: “If we don’t do something right now we are heading for disaster.” Sir Tom Hunter and classical violinist Nicola Benedetti added to the sense of urgency, encouraging us all to ‘think outside the box’, collaborate and listen to young people’s ideas to find solutions to the huge challenges presented by Climate Change.
It was an incredibly exciting opportunity for staff and pupils who now plan to use Sir Attenborough’s message as a catalyst to promote and encourage sustainability awareness within the Heriot’s community.
Huge thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation for inviting us along to the event, and to the BBC’s Matt Baker and John Swinney MSP for taking time to speak to our pupils.