Sixth form guest speaker: Emily Penn
Posted on: Friday 31st January 2014
We were delighted to welcome former pupil Emily Penn (pictured with some 6th Formers) to Stanwell on 29th January to talk to Year 12. Emily left our sixth form in 2005 to study architecture at the University of Cambridge, but her life took a very different course after graduation. Having decided to travel to China without flying to research her dissertation, when she was offered a job in Australia she also chose to travel there aeroplane-free. She caught a ride on the record-breaking Earthrace, a powerboat run on biofuel, and during this voyage she became aware of the degrading state of the oceans and the impact pollution is having on islands in the South Pacific. She talked to the students about the problems caused by the quantity of non-biodegradable plastics spread across the oceans, the educational programme she has implemented in affected island communities and the plans she has to establish a sustainable, zero-waste system in a line of Islands in the South Pacific through her organisation Pangaea. Emily gave a fascinating and inspirational talk to Year 12, which not only raised their awareness of a specific environmental issue, but also showed them what an unusual and unexpected course your life can take.
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