Mitzvah Day 2021

Borehamwood’s children lead Mitzvah Day activities by launching their climate emergency manifesto at Gratitude’s hub

Today was one of those days that help you believe that there might just be hope that we can avert climate catastrophe.

As part of Borehamwood Mitzvah Day 2021 (a Jewish community & faith led day of social action) which Dan Ozarow was privileged to help organise alongside Gratitude. Hundreds of local children from Kenilworth Primary School, Yavneh College, Borehamwood Mosque, St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School Borehamwood and Saffron Green Primary School. Scholl Children spent the week producing drawings, poems, sculptures and artwork in a Homage to Planet Earth. Their lovely creations have been put on public display at the Gratitude Hub on Shenley Road.

Other activities today included:

  • Dozens of local residents, including children and their parents, conducted a litter pick at Maxwell Park.
  • Our friends from Borehamwood Islamic Society invited us into their prayer hall, so we could understand more about their faith. After that, they joined us in helping to clear the park of rubbish.
  • Tidying up and litter pick of Manor Way and the shopping parade, led by Councillor Kaza, where friends from the International Christian Fellowship joined us.
  • Food distribution to the wider community at the Gratitude Hub alongside their regular team of volunteers.

The day culminated in the unveiling of the Borehamwood Children’s Climate Emergency Manifesto. In which children revealed their pledges for how they will make changes in their own lives to prevent climate change. They also expressed how they would like us as adults or their parents to help fix the planet. Similarly, they have also outlined their demands to politicians to urgently take action. Children recited poems and made new friends.

Thanks to Japa Carlisle and Shantasya Carlisle for their support. Also a big thank you to all the teachers, parents, residents and most importantly, children who made this happen.

Well done everyone for making such a magical day! 🌳🐦🦋

Photos by Oli Sandler, Valeria Fazekas and Penz.

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