Leaf it to me: Amy, 17, mobilises her army of planters
AT 17, sixth-former Amy Bray is fast becoming Britain’s answer to Swedish green activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager organised an army of schoolchildren to help plant 1600 trees in the Cumbrian hillside for the Mail’s Be A Tree Angel planting campaign.
‘The key of all of this is to make it fun,’ she says.
She has already set up her own environmental charity Another Way and this week was named Cumbrian Woman of the Year in a local awards. What we
all need to do, she declares emphatically, is roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, as she is doing with her tree planting.
In her wider environmental campaigning work, she has visited schools all over the country, and spoken to 3,000 young people about what THEY can do to ensure future generations will be safe. She says: ‘If I speak to ten people in a day, and the next day those ten people went on to educate ten each, then in only ten days everyone in the world would have heard the message.’
She added: ‘I really admire what Greta is doing but her message is political. What I’m doing is about the personal - convincing people that what the individual does can make a difference.’ Sara Lom, chief executive of The Tree Council, the Mail’s charity partners who organised this planting, said: ‘Amy is amazing. She epitomises the spirit we need to encourage – everyone working together for the love of trees and the environment.’
Digging in: Amy Bray