Denny High pupils win eco-dinner date with Sir David

A group of Denny High School pupils have won the honour of attending a flagship event in Edinburgh starring world-famous environment champion Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough.
Sir David Attenborough.

The school was one of many to enter a competition for just one winning team to attend a charity dinner with Sir David.

But after receiving 187 entries, all said to be of a very high standard, judges from The Hunter Foundation decided three schools should each be awarded three tables of ten.

Denny High School, George Heriot’s School and Perth Grammar School each won tables for pupils to attend the black tie event, takes place at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday, when Grammy-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti and 80’s band Hue and Cry are scheduled to perform.

The Denny team won their coveted place with their short film, Do It Days, which recommended introducing meatless Monday, turn off Tuesday, walking Wednesday, no throw away Thursday and fruity Friday to schools across Scotland to reduce carbon emissions.

It can be viewed via this link

Sir Tom Hunter said of the entries to the contest, which was sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland: “We have seen Scotland’s young people react to this climate challenge with deep knowledge and understanding of what needs to be done.

“What strikes me is the consistency with which they see schools as potential beacons of hope, citing everything from meat free Mondays, banning plastics to water refills; garden and tree planting, as well as clean energy use…

“Given the Government’s commitment to climate change, schools may well be precisely the place to continue this drive harnessing the passion and knowledge of the young people who can and will lead this change.

“To be honest all the schools and pupils who participated were winners, but these three remarkable entries from Denny High School, George Heriot’s School and Perth Grammar School shone out.

“The incredible participation in this competition shows the generation we have let down by our actions, won’t let their actions compound our negligence, quite the reverse.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “The high volume and standard of entries show just how important the environment is to Scotland’s school pupils.

“The winners all presented an understanding of the issues and a range of practical ideas for tackling the climate emergency. To change our current path, we need fresh thinking and, even more importantly, commitment to alter the way we live, and it is heartening to see these young people embrace this.”