Without even stepping off once, Brianna successfully unicycled 2500m across the Forth Road Bridge on Sunday 16th June to raise funds for and awareness of the Plant for the Planet global initiative, begun six years ago by now 13 year old Felix.
In March 2013 Sciennes hosted the third Academy of Climate Ambassadors to take place in Edinburgh, led by Sebastian Hemmann and his team of volunteers, with pupils from Sciennes, Tollcross, James Gillespie’s and Bruntsfield Primaries. Our Eco teachers Miss Mackintosh, Ms Gregson and Mr Kearton, along with Sciennes’ pupil Eco representatives from P5-P7 as well as P5B pupils followed up on the Academy by determining to raise funds to plant more trees. Support Brianna’s fundraising efforts at betterplace.org. Total funds of £244.88 raised on Friday 14th June from the whole school ‘Crazy Hair, Crazy Hat Day’ will be donated to Plant for the Planet.
The initiative has many patrons including Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Donald Wilson:
“I recently became Edinburgh’s patron for the children’s Plant-for-the-Planet initiative. The worldwide movement is based on a vision that children can plant a million trees in each and every country, helping to compensate for CO2 emissions. In Germany, where it originated back in 2007, more than two million trees have already been planted. I attended a ‘Plant-for-the-Planet’ Academy at Duddingston Primary School on 2 October, joining pupils as they learned about the climate crisis, global citizenship and global justice. I then made good my commitment to ‘stop talking, start planting’, helping the children towards their ambitious one million tree target. It was great so see such enthusiasm for the cause. I sincerely hope the children keep up the good work and spread the word amongst their family and friends – which is exactly what I’ll be doing.”