Eco Lent Challenge launched

Headington girls and staff are being asked to think about how their actions can affect the world around them with a special Eco Lent Challenge.

The challenge – a joint initiative between the chaplaincy and the School’s Eco Committee – offers members of the community various different options to try and change their habits for Lent in three different areas.

There are ‘standard’ and ‘gold’ options available, encompassing sustainable travel to school, FairTrade produce and consumption of meat.

Launching the challenge in Whole School Lent prayers , the Rev Tom Howell invited all members of the community to think what they could pledge to change during the 40 days of Lent.

In terms of transport, girls and staff could take part in ‘Walk to School Wednesdays’ – walking, cycling, or taking public transport each Wednesday – or commit to doing so every day. In terms of FairTrade produce, they could give up chocolate apart from eating that which is fairly traded, or add hot chocolate and cotton to the list of FairTrade products they would buy. And in terms of animal products, they could pledge to join Meat Free Mondays at school, commit to not eating meat one day a week, or go vegetarian for the duration.

They were also asked to consider other possible eco challenges, such as bringing reusable containers to school to save on grab and go lunch boxes, ditching single use plastic water bottles and single use coffee cups.

A record is being kept of who has signed up and the catering department will be monitoring the lunch take-up of different options to see if there is any change in eating habits.