London's Child Obesity Taskforce
1 September 2021
The Mayor of London has appointed a Child Obesity taskforce to make sure every child in London has every opportunity to be healthy. This year, they’ve launched a publicity campaign competition to encourage London primary and secondary school pupils to drink more water.
The competition is giving children and young people the chance to help look after the environment and themselves through motivating their peers. Similarly Suntrap sets out to help raise green-loving and health-conscious children through environmental education. The future of the planet is in the hands of children, so it is crucial for them to learn how to use resources wisely and do their bit in the battle against climate change from an early age. Leading by example, the Centre provides water bottle filling stations and water with meals for residential visitors.
There are many health benefits to choosing water, starting with it can help us to be more alert and energetic, support our concentration, improve the condition of our skin and hair and help digestion. Choosing water is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Swapping sugary drinks for water is a great first step as water is calorie free and kind to teeth.
But also choosing water from the tap over single use bottled water can also be a small act that can make a big impact to protect the environment. Using your own eco refillable water bottle helps to reduce single use plastic waste.
Research has shown that almost all plastic bottles that aren’t recycled, burned, or placed in a landfill eventually make their way into our oceans. Plastic in our oceans isn’t just an eyesore; it’s devastating for marine ecosystems. While paper or cardboard take just weeks to breakdown, it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. Eventually, ocean waves will break a discarded plastic bottle into tiny pieces, but even then, it doesn’t go away. It simply becomes a new marine hazard known as microplastics.
There’s also a subtler way that bottled water consumption is bad for the environment—transportation. Bottled water can travel a surprisingly long distance before you drink it. After the water is pumped out of its source, it’s bottled in a plant, shipped by truck to distribution centres and grocery stores, creating unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon footprint.
At Suntrap there have been some major sustainability changes introduced on the site to reduce our energy and water consumption. Similarly, this competition is one more way to address the climate change crisis. Please get involved and encourage children and young people to design their own advertising campaigns to promote water from the tap. Entries close on Friday 1 October 2021.
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