Orkney Islands

Read stories of a carbon neutral future by school pupils from Orkney.

  1. Climate Change: A Message in a Bottle – Alannah, Kirkwall Grammar School

When I am older, I hope to become a marine biologist. This job will help the environment by protecting the environment that sea animals/creatures live. I will get to work by either cycling, walking and/or taking a boat to where I need to be. My island will be powered by windmills, solar panels and wave turbines. After a day at work, I would go home. My house is eco-friendly because I will have solar panels, eco-friendly windows and when you walk into a room lights switch on and when you leave they switch off. This is a good way for saving electricity. As a community we will hopefully do beach cleans, re-use, reduce and recycle, and walk/cycle more places.

 

  1. Orkney in 2040 – Daisy, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Daisy. My island is Orkney. When I grow up I will wake up and I shower with natural, organic shampoo and body wash bars. To get to work I will travel in my electric car. My island is powered by wind and tidal energy which doesn’t harm the planet. My house will be climate-friendly because it will be powered by a wind turbine. As a community, we look after our island’s environment by using clean energy, travelling off the island by boat instead of plane and using electric cars. As an individual adult, I will help find solutions to climate change by reducing my carbon footprint by trying to consciously think of what I am doing and how it will affect the community, such as using an electric car, trying to take the boat instead of planes, reducing my plastic waste, always buying less plastic in things such as shampoo and conditioner bottles.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Darby, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Darby, my island is Orkney. I take much pride living here as it is a very eco-friendly place. My future occupation will be as a neurosurgeon. I would like to help battle climate change by using the bus whenever I can or purchase an electric car. When I am an adult, I will educate my children on how to be more eco-friendly, but to do this, I will have to educate myself first.

My family is eco-friendly because we plant our own food and have our own poultry for eggs. We also plant trees and flowers in our garden. Our poultry is free-range. We live right next to the ocean, so we often fish for dinner. The boat we use has rowing ores instead of an engine. My mother’s job is the as the manager of the ‘Blue Door’, which is big on ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ as a business that operates with those factors. The ‘Blue Door’ is a very popular charity shop, especially among teenagers who want to give to charities that benefit the community. If younger generations understand the need for action in the community then they can contribute to it.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Emma, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Emma, my island is Orkney. When I grow up, I will work as a nurse. When I wake up I go to work. To get to work I will walk or drive. My job is climate friendly because hospitals reduce waste as much as possible, and use renewable energy to power the hospitals. My island is powered by renewable energy like solar panels and wind turbines which doesn’t harm the planet. After work I go home. My house is climate friendly because I have limited single use plastic and solar panels. As a community, we look after our island’s environment by recycling lots of materials, and going litter picking to look after the environment. Some other ways my future daily life on my island could be more climate-friendly is by using solar panels and wind turbines, recycling, cleaning up litter and reducing plastic use and waste.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Harriet, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Harriet, I live in the Orkney islands.

When I grow up, I will work as a tattoo artist. When I wake up, I hope to live in a climate friendly household. I hope to have more electric items in the future. For example, I would get to work by either an electric car or just walking. My job is climate friendly because it is all digital with no wasteful paper and pens. My island is powered by tidal waves, windmills and a lot more. This sort of energy isn’t harmful for our planet and could make our future healthier. After work, I go home. My house is climate-friendly from all of the electric appliances I have, for example, an electric oven, electric fireplace, electric heaters, etc… As  community, we look after our islands by having schools and the general public pick up litter everyday. My future daily life on my island could be more climate friendly by not taking my car and walking instead and cutting down having the fire on and put the heating on instead.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Iona, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Iona. My island is Orkney Islands. When I grow up I will work as a bin women. When I wake up I will exercise and eat healthy. To get to work I will drive. My job is climate friendly because I will be recycling the stuff that harms the environment. My island is powered by renewable energy which doesn’t harm the planet. After work, I go home. My house is climate-friendly because I will have solar panels to get heat from the sun and energy from outside. As a community, we look after our islands’ environment by generating turbines and taking advantage of the wind we get here.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Julia, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Julia and my island is Orkney. When I grow up I will work in a studio in my house as an artist. I wouldn’t need to use transport to get to work. My job is climate friendly because I will get ethically sourced materials. When I wake up, I go on my bike to get groceries for local produce. My island is powered by wind turbines and solar panels which don’t harm the planet. After I stop working, I go for a walk. My house is climate friendly because I have solar panels installed on my roof and I never use my chimney. On my walk, I see some people using their chimney, so I knock on their door and explain how bad it is for the environment and I suggest other ways of keeping warm.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Lily, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Lily. My island is Orkney. When I grow up, I will work as an architect. When I wake up I will shower with my eco friendly shower with soap bars instead of bottles. I will eat organic homegrown food. After work I go home. My house is climate friendly because it is powered by wind and tidal energy. To get to work, I will either walk, cycle or drive my electric car. My job is climate friendly because I can reuse materials to create new eco friendly houses. My island is powered by tidal and wind energy which doesn’t harm the planet. As a community we look after our island’s environment by litter picking at our local beaches. As an individual adult, I will help find solutions to climate change by reducing my carbon footprints by reducing my clothing shopping and research all the products I buy before getting the items. I will try and buy locally and try not to spend money on things I do not need.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Naomi, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Naomi. My island is Orkney. When I grow up, I will work as a vet. When I wake up, I will exercise and eat healthy. To get to work I will drive. My job is climate-friendly because I am helping animals. My island is powered by renewable energy, which doesn’t harm the planet. After work, I go home. My house is climate friendly because it has solar panels. As a community, we look after our island’s environment by generating turbines and taking advantage of the wind speed. Some other ways my future daily life on my island could be more friendly is recycling.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Olivia, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Olivia and my island is Orkney. As an individual, I will help find solutions to climate change by using as many sustainable materials that I can such as using paper/cardboard instead of plastic, buying products with little to no plastic packaging, and bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic, as all of these are quicker to break down. After work I walk home to reduce my carbon footprint and to help save petrol/oil which leaves dangerous chemicals in the atmosphere. My islands’ community looks after the environment by putting solar panels on new buildings, buying organic products and produce, using eco-friendly packaging in cafés and restaurants. After walking home from work, I get home. My house is eco friendly because we have large sky-light to help reduce the use of electricity in lights during the daytime, multiple recycling bins, and a TV that automatically turns off after prolonged use to save energy. I help reduce plastic waste by using reusable products such as take bags, metal straws, a metal water bottle, and refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles to prevent throwing away materials unnecessarily which causes growth in landfills.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Riley, Kirkwall Grammar School

My name is Riley. My island is Orkney. When I grow up I will work as an electrical engineer. When I wake up I put my recycling out, after that I will sit at the table with my recycled crocs and have my breakfast. I got dressed in my recycled clothing and go to work in my electric car. To go to work I use my sustainable electric car and if it’s a nice day I cycle. My job is climate-friendly because all the wind turbines and solar panels are recycled. My island is powered by huge wind and solar farms and it produces energy which does not harm the planet.

After work, I go home. My house is climate friendly because when I get home my electric stove turns on and my Alexa turns all my energy efficient lights on powered by my 100 solar panels.

In my community, we look after our island’s environment by recycling all of our waste, growing our own food, and producing our own electricity.

Currently our island is the most sustainable in the entire world and we cannot make any changes with 2040 tech.

 

  1. Climate Change Message in a Bottle – Sinead and Georgie, Kirkwall Grammar School

Our names are Sinead and Georgie. Our island is Orkney. As a community, we look after our island’s environment by using solar and wind energy as it’s renewable and environmentally-friendly.

To get to work, we walk and use electric cars when needed since neither harm the planet. After work, we go home. Our houses are climate friendly because paper replaces plastic, waste is recycled and reused, and water is saved.

As an individual adult, we will help find solutions to climate change. We will reduce our carbon footprint by sticking to environmentally-friendly habits such as saving paper and recycling, and maintaining a climate-friendly lifestyle.

Climate change can impact the Earth and all life on it. By fixing damaging habits, we can improve our quality of life and help our Earth before it’s too late.

 

  1. Artwork by Aiden, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Annick, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Blair, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Danny, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Emily, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Erica, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Evie, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Fraser, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Georgie, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Grace, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Isabella, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Libby, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Marcus and Sammy, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Max, Kirkwall Grammar School

 

  1. Artwork by Zara, Kirkwall Grammar School

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