Zachary and his classmates were delighted on Monday (16 September) by a visit to their Bishop's Stortford school from Sky News presenter Charlotte Hawkins, who also judged the competition. Charlotte presented a cheque for £500 to fund a green project within the school and talked to the students about the importance of rainforests as well as what it is like to be a news presenter.
The Young Reporters Competition, and I Love Amazon Schools initiative, is part of Sky Rainforest Rescue - a partnership between Sky and WWF which aims to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.
Cherry Duggan, head of schools and youth relations at WWF-UK, said: This competition was a fun and engaging way to get school children thinking about the issues facing rainforests as well as motivating others to take action to protect them. We were completely overwhelmed by the volume of high calibre entries we received. We picked Zachary's news video because it was imaginative, professional and knowledgeable with bags of added character and personality."
Sarah Keefe, Headteacher of Hillmead Primary School said: "We are extremely proud of Zachary winning the Sky Rainforest Rescue Young Reporters competition. We are delighted that the school's innovating International Curriculum (IPC) fully supported Zachary furthering his knowledge and passion for the worthwhile topic of Saving the Rainforest. We look forward to working with Zachary to decide how best to spend the £500 prize money and are sure his expertise and knowledge will soon be shared with his peers."
Charlotte Hawkins said: "It was such a great experience being involved with the I Love Amazon Week Young Reporter Competition. I had the tough job of judging the entries, and I was so impressed with just how much effort everyone had made. It was such a delight meeting our fantastic winner Zachary, and also finding out what inspired him. He obviously has such passion for the rainforest which clearly came through on screen, and I am sure he has a bright future in reporting ahead of him!"
Home to one in ten of all wild species on earth, including the iconic jaguar, the Amazon is a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem. All of us, people and wildlife, locally and globally depend on it every day. Deforestation is putting the future of the people, animals and plants that call the Amazon their home, at risk. And it's also having a huge impact on climate change. Sky Rainforest Rescue, launched by Sky and WWF three years ago, aims to help protect this amazing habitat and the people who depend on it.
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About I Love Amazon Schools:
I Love Amazon Schools is a free initiative that gives pupils aged seven to eleven the opportunity to explore the Amazon rainforest through a fantastic range of flexible curriculum based resources. It can be run at any time throughout the year in order to be flexible and fit with individual school year schedules. Teachers can simply pick and choose from the extensive range of downloadable educational tools and plan the week according to term timetables. Schools can register online to receive a free resource pack and poster. Pupils will also receive a certificate and individual stickers once the week has been completed.
For further information about I Love Amazon Schools visit at sky.com/amazonschools. Registered schools will receive a range of resources and can download assembly content, lesson plans, work sheets and fun activity ideas to involve the whole school.
About Sky Rainforest Rescue:
Through Sky Rainforest Rescue, WWF and Sky are helping to save one billion trees in the Amazonian state of Acre, Brazil. By combining WWF's 50 years of conservation experience with Sky's expertise in public engagement, we have:
· Raised over £4m to carry out our work by encouraging over 34,000 people to donate to the campaign
· Begun implementing a robust programme of green economic development in Acre
· Improved awareness of deforestation and its impacts on the global climate among a significant UK audience, including Sky's 10.5m customers
Since October 2009, WWF and Sky have been supporting the Acre state government to roll out a progressive development plan, which aims to tackle deforestation at the same time as improving opportunities for people living in the forest.
By supporting the people who live in the project area to make a good living without deforesting, we aim to create a buffer against encroachment into the pristine and largely uninhabited forest and provide an alternative development pathway to forest loss and conversion. Through Sky Rainforest Rescue, WWF and Sky are supporting two key incentive systems designed to achieve this - sustainable property management and sustainable product development. For more information visit sky.com/rainforestrescue
Sky is the UK and Ireland's leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services. Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sports and increasing access to, and participation in, the arts. Sky employs 23,000 people, has annual revenues of £6.8 billion and is estimated to support a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY). www.sky.com/corporate
WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. We're working to create solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature can thrive. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, tacking climate change and changing the way we live. Find out more about our work, past and present at www.wwf.org.uk
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