David Attenborough among respondents to Leweston letters

Pupils at Leweston School wrote letters to influential people and companies, including the PM and McDonald’s, outlining their concerns about the environment

A letter-writing campaign by pupils at Leweston School has yielded some impressive responses.

Having studied a range of environmental issues of critical importance in their geography class, year seven students at the Dorset boarding school had been encouraged to write to people or companies of influence to ask for their help in alleviating the problems.

Topics about which pupils felt particularly strongly included water poverty, climate change, and the deleterious impact of our ongoing reliance on plastic.

The prime minister, Sir David Attenborough, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and the MP for West Dorset, Chris Loder, were among the recipients of Leweston letters.

And some, if not all of them, took the time to respond to the pupils’ concerns.

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William, the pupil who wrote to the famed environmentalist, received a handwritten letter from the knight himself, saying:

“Thank you for your letter. I agree with you. People should do all they can to reduce the amount of plastic that they use. Best wishes David Attenborough.”

Millie, meanwhile, was sent a two-page reply from a correspondence officer at 10 Downing Street, outlining areas of focus in the government’s 25-year plan for the environment,  and how they intend to combat problems such as plastic pollution.

The letter also thanked the school for bringing the matter to the prime minister’s attention and expressed hope that the pupils would remain interested in how they can help serve the environment.

Pic: Ellie, Millie and William holding the letters that received replies from, respectively, the House of Commons, parliament, and Sir David Attenborough.

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