Sixth Form Biologists Launch Climate Appeal
Sixth Form Biology students launch Climate Appeal to raise funds to help conserve critical tropical rainforests in Belize.
Upper Sixth Form A Level Biology students have launched a Climate Appeal to raise funds to help conserve critical tropical rainforests in Belize. Organisers Maia, Frankie, Josie, Lara and Callum were inspired to set up the initiative after watching David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet. The group are encouraging pupils and staff to complete a sponsored walk, run, swim or cycle, with the aim of collectively covering 5250 miles – the distance to travel from Kimbolton to the Maya Mountains in Belize.
All money raised from the challenge will enable the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, a local partner organisation of Fauna and Flora International, to regenerate and protect an area of the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. The charity aims to purchase 4,000 native timber and fruit tree seedlings to restore 12 acres of degraded land, along with cameras to monitor wildlife and engage with local farming populations.
Biology teacher and School Chaplain Mr Crawford said: “The engagement with local communities should enable the re-gained biodiversity to last well into the future, providing a home for threatened species such as scarlet macaws, Baird’s tapirs, Yucatan black howler monkeys and jaguars.”