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Students Help to Save Rainforest

Posted on 23rd May 2019


Staff and students at Hereford Sixth Form College have raised enough money to save 1285 acres of Amazonian rainforest from destruction.

Students from the College's Environmental Group and Christian Union worked together to initiate an ‘Environmentally Friendly Sale’, offering goods such as reusable food wraps, natural bath salts and soaps, and beeswax candles, as well as vegan baked products. The money raised from the sale was donated to the Size of Herefordshire, with fund-matching from the Size of Wales, ensuring 1285 acres of Amazonian rainforest will be protected from destruction.

College Chaplain, Lana Silk, said, “The students at Hereford Sixth Form College are committed to protecting their planet for themselves and for future generations. They were keen to make a significant contribution to this very worthwhile cause. In addition, responsible, healthy lifestyles are high on their agenda and the products on offer at the sale promoted this through vegan produce and ethically-sourced goods.

The fourteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests in May, told delegates that the key to effectively protecting rainforests, are the indigenous people. The local charity Size of Herefordshire works with two indigenous peoples in the great Amazon rainforest, the Wampis and their neighbours, the Awajun. Between them they occupy an area of rainforest that is around four times the size of Herefordshire. For more information on how to help these indigenous groups protect their rainforests from destruction, visit Size of Herefordshire.