During November 2009, TTK's Schools Group worked with Bounce Theatre to deliver workshops for six primary schools based on the environmental play 'Planet Phoenix' by Kirsten Hutton.

With the World about to explode due to human misuse, a team of astronauts are sent to a far off galaxy to seek out a new home for humans. They visit a variety of planets and encounter some strange creatures and environments but none seem suitable for humans. All hope seems lost until Mother Nature appears and gives humanity one last chance to rebuild their planet...and so Planet Phoenix is born.

This environmental sci-fi adventure and related workshops encouraged around 800 children to think about the types of behaviour and actions needed to live sustainably on Planet Earth. Ideas generated from the workshops include:

• A Year of Walking - a campaign to get everyone walking more (King Athelstan)
• Tree Planting Policy on a global level (Tolworth Juniors)
• Turn waste school dinners into compost (King Athelstan)
• If you have a garden, grown vegetables and share food with other people. (King Athelstan)
• Eco friendly transport, so we can travel the world without harming it. (King Athelstan)
• Rethink of our factory system and share resources (Grand Avenue)
• Car Sharing Schemes (Tolworth Juniors)
• An Allotment on every street (Grand Avenue)
• Alternative energy sources (All schools)
• Enjoy the outdoors (All schools)
• Turn off the lights (Fern Hill)
• A greater pride in our outdoors - stop littering (Grand Avenue)
• Reduce pollution by investigating new forms of energy (St Lukes)
• Increase the amount of materials that can be recycled to a 100% (St Lukes)
• Realise the benefits of being green (St Lukes + Grand Avenue)
• Countries should work together to make sure food sharing is eco-friendly (Tolworth Juniors)
• Recycle more and find new materials that can be recycled (Lovelace Primary, Fern Hill)
• Stop global warming and protect polar bears (Fern Hill Primary)
• Protect animals (All schools)
• Don’t waste things (Lovelace)
• If you have a garden, grown your own fruit and veg (Tolworth Juniors)
• Invent cars that can clean their pollution (Tolworth Juniors, King Athelsatn, Fern Hill)
• Tree farms (Tolworth Juniors)
• Make businesses pick their workers up each morning, so there is less transport (Tolworth Juniors)
• Hold a monthly green week, where communities be as green as possible (King Athelestan)
• Tree replanting policy to create a world rich in oxygen - 1 down 3 up (Tolworth Juniors)
• Stop using things we don’t need and share our resources (All schools!)
• Buy what you need (King Athelstan)
• Turn things off when you don’t need them (King Athelestan)
• Investigate the reliability of new energy forms (Fern Hill)
• Solar Powered Ovens (Tolworth Juniors)
• Rain powered TV (Tolworth Juniors)
• Active outdoor places (Tolworth Juniors)
• Hydrogen fuelled cards (Tolworth Juniors)

Children’s Manifesto

800 voices and countless ideas became one manifesto, one vision and one set of aims for a greener world. At a time when world leaders were preparing to meet in Copenhagen - Kingston's primary schools proudly presented their own Children’s Manifesto.


In all six schools, the effects of pollution were one of the biggest causes of concern. We discussed ways we could combat the problem. We want factories to be more responsible for how they produce their products and we want people to use cars less.


All schools were concerned about how we are cutting down our trees too quickly. We want to address the problem by using paper more wisely. Many of us also think there should be a policy on replanting trees in Kingston and some of us think it should be world wide, so for every tree cut down, five should be planted in their place. We also think people should take more pride in their outdoor space and remember the habitats that can form when we plant trees.


Many of the schools knew the slogan “reduce, reuse and recycle”. However, some of us felt that “recreate” should be added, as we have seen examples of rubbish been turned into art and think this is a very good idea. We also think people who produce goods should use less packaging and/or find new alternatives to things we can’t currently recycle.


Transport is of major concern to all of us, because of the pollution it causes. We debated everything from banning cars to self cleaning cars. Solar powered and wind turbine cars were very popular, but we realise we might need to investigate their reliability first. In the meantime, we think people should walk more because it will make them healthy and reduce pollution. One school suggested a “Campaign for a Year of Walking” and another thought about encouraging children to walk by rewarding them with a bike after they had completed so many footsteps.


All of us discussed the fact we were using too much electricity and wanted to know more about other energy forms. We thought about everything from solar power, to wind, to apple juice and potatoes- we think that this will be something for adults and councils to investigate. However, in the meantime we thought about the little things we could do like switch lights off, and not leave things on standby. We also thought about encouraging people to go outside and enjoy outdoor life more.


We all thought that growing food locally was a good idea because it would reduce transport and also mean less packaging. One school thought that councils should be responsible for putting an allotment in every street for people to share, as it would also mean people would be more friendly. Some of us realise that food might grow better in different climates but countries should work together more effectively to share food and take shared responsibility for the way it is transported.


We all felt that the environment is something we should all be proud of and should take responsibility for. We think people should think about the small things like not dropping litter and also the big things, to be innovative and think of the future to investigate all that we can do to look after the earth and be proud of it.

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