Octopus and Arsenal branch out

Green energy supplier Octopus Energy yesterday launched a tree planting initiative with Arsenal FC and kids’ TV presenter JB Gill at a St Andrews, C of E, Primary School in North London.

Air pollution levels in Islington are reportedly up to three times the legal EU limit and both Octopus Energy and Arsenal are determined to make the borough a cleaner place in which to work and live.

Ex-JLS star JB is an Arsenal fan and is hugely passionate about educating children about the importance of the environment. He swapped pop stardom for farm life and now presents the CBeebies BAFTA-nominated show Down on the Farm and BBC One’s Songs of Praise. He helped pupils dig holes for saplings at St Andrew’s primary school in Islington.

JB said: “As I live on a farm, renewable energy resources is a cause very close to my heart. Whether it be wind, water or solar power, I would love to make it environmentally sustainable, especially as it grows in scale.

“We all have a responsibility to make conscious decisions to ensure a better future for the next generation, and if there is one thing everyone can do its just being conscious about the environment and try to connect as much as possible.

“Whether its recycling, reducing food waste, or converting to green energy, whatever you can do will make a difference.”

The Gunners’ sports, social and educational wing Arsenal in the Community devised a special interactive lesson for pupils about sustainability to celebrate the tree planting, which took place during the regular Arsenal after-school literacy programme Double Club.

Greg Jackson, Octopus Energy CEO said: “It’s horrifying that air pollution is so high in London – every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for dangerous particles. As a green energy supplier we want to take tangible and visible action to improve air quality and so we’re delighted to be planting over 1,000 trees in UK schools and communities this year.”

Octopus Energy is a partner of Breathe Life London, a WHO and United Nations Environment Programme which aims to mobilise cities and individuals to protect our health and our planet from the effects of air pollution.

On World Environment Day in June, Octopus Energy pledged to plant a tree for every customer who signed up that day and has now committed to plant 1,000 trees in schools and community spaces across the country.

Arsenal recently celebrated a year-long commitment to 100% renewably-supplied electricity through official energy partner Octopus Energy, one of the biggest investors in solar plants throughout the UK. Emirates Stadium also sends all food waste to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is turned into more energy that will in turn supply the club.

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