Food waste is hot topic for schools as they mark Earth Day 2022

25th April 2022


Schools in Croxley Green debated the environmental impact of food waste and how to reduce it as they celebrated Earth Day 2022. 

Earth Day is an international annual event that takes place on 22 April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Yorke Mead, Little Green, Rickmansworth School, Croxley Danes, Malvern Way and Harvey Road came together along with representatives from Three Rivers District Council and local campaign group, Sustainable Three Rivers. 

The students discussed their own experiences of food waste and came up with ideas on how to reduce it both at school and in their own homes. Suggestions included serving smaller portions, surveying which foods students like best to reduce food left on the plate, and pre- ordering meals. 

Elen Roberts, Three Rivers District Council’s climate change officer, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for students from all our local schools to come together to share their ideas and opinions with each other. I’m sure that some of the ideas discussed today will go on to have an impact in our homes, schools and wider community.”

Following the debate, the students and their families went on a community litter pick to help keep the local area clean and tidy. They were given a home-made Earth Day themed cookie from local business,The Kitchen, as a thank you. 

The students have also been taking on a range of other challenges using a special Earth Day calendar - from taking soft plastic to the Co-op, to putting up a bird feeder and having a plant-based food day each week. Residents are invited to try it for themselves and see how many challenges they can tick off in 30 days. 

The youngsters also created their very own Earth Day video to help spread the message which you can watch here.