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‘Mini Greta’s’ are bullying Sussex parents to save energy, but in-fact are the worst offenders

THE SOUTH EAST’S woke kids are bullying their parents into becoming more eco-friendly to save the planet, according to new research by comparison site Moneyexpert.com. 

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Pester power is becoming a force for good as almost half of mums and dads (44%) say they have been pressured to go green and save energy by the mini Greta Thunbergs in their own home. And while you might expect vocal teenagers to drive behaviour change – two thirds (65%) of parents say the pressure is coming from kids as young as 4!   

The study, to mark Big Energy Saving Week, may highlight the visibility and influence that the teenage climate-change activist, and recent events such as the Australian bush fires, are having on the nation’s kids, and their family’s energy consumption habits at home. 

Over two thirds (69%) of parents say the ‘mini Greta’ in their home has talked more or asked more questions about the environment and the climate crisis over the past 12 months.    

Wildlife TV presenter and conservationist Michaela Strachan said: 

“We are in crisis mode when it comes to looking after our planet. We all need to radically change our behaviour to live in a more sustainable way and we need to do it now. Last year was a serious wakeup call when we all became aware of just how serious the challenge has become. It is so inspiring to see that children are leading the way, taking action, encouraging their parents to change and becoming future eco warriors.” 

And as a consequence of this planet-friendly pester power, the most common changes made are walking or cycling more (51%), making more of an effort to turn off the lights (39%), turning down the thermostat (17%), washing clothes at lower temperatures (30%), and taking shorter showers (20%).     

However, despite kids heaping on the pressure, four in five (78%) parents say that it’s actually their children who are the biggest energy-wasters. Over half (54%) of parents say they still have to nag their eco-warrior kids to switch off lights in unused rooms, and 27% say their child takes longer than usual in the shower. 

Over the past 12 months 91% of parents have made environmental changes to their lifestyle and to the running of their home, with half (47%) admitting that if it wasn’t for their child, they wouldn’t have realised the importance and impact of their current actions.     

However, despite being inspired to take positive actions, only a fifth (20%) of parents say they currently use a renewable energy provider. And it appears they are a little “green” about how it works. 34% say they won’t switch because they believe green energy is more expensive than their current energy provider, and more than one in 10 (11%) believe switching won’t make a tangible difference to the climate crisis. 

However, recent analysis by Moneyexpert.com highlighted that for the cost of powering a home with average gas and electricity yearly consumption, savings of over £300 per year can be made by switching to green energy rates

A fifth (18%) hold the misconception that a renewable electricity supplier sends energy direct from solar and wind farms into people’s homes, when in reality, everyone gets their electricity from the same grid and it’s a question of how a supplier sources electricity that matches what you use.  

Jason Smith, CEO of Moneyexpert.com, said: 

Typically the focus of Big Energy Saving Week is about making ethical choices about energy consumption – and in light of the climate crisis, we want to make people aware that it is absolutely possible to save money in an environmentally responsible way. Misperceptions about the cost of green energy are getting in the way of people taking steps that are both purse-friendly and planet-friendly. With a couple more months of winter, and high energy bills ahead, now is a great time to listen to your kids, re-evaluate your current expenditure, and explore whether there’s a better deal available from a renewable energy supplier.”  

For information on how you can save both money and energy and find a green energy provider, visit Moneyexpert.com.   

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“WOW!” audience reaction as Crawley School takes over The Capitol Horsham

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It’s school production season as Crawley’s Holy Trinity School take over the Capitol in Horsham (YES THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE THEATRE!) with their production of The Wizard of Oz.

So we thought what better way to get a review than by sending the perfect audience, mother and son Tina and Reece, to go check it out and wow did they have fun!


From Reece’s and I’s arrival at the theatre the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and when we finally took our seats the excitement in the audience was immense. 

Suddenly the curtain rises and from the moment the first words of the young actress playing Dorothy were spoken she had captured our imagination and we were off on a journey. 

All the actors had so much energy, passion and belief in their characters and roles, which truly resonated throughout the auditorium and the audience.

At the interval Reece and I were lucky enough to meet some of the lead actors backstage and have a chat with them with Reece leading the questions:

Some of the cast who chatted to Reece and Tina

REECE: Was it hard acting it all Out?

DOROTHY: “It was hard at first when we started but as time went on and we learnt our places and lines it got easier, but we have so much fun”

REECE: How did you find putting on your costumes and make up?

COWARDLY LION: “Its a rush to put it on, my costume is double layered so extremely hard to get on. I also helped with some of the others make up as sometimes its easier when we do each others.”

REECE: How easy was it to learn your characters?

WHOLE CAST: “We had a brilliant teacher, Miss O’neil who did a really good job of casting the right people for the right parts and we were all a bit unsure at the time. But we gave it a try and we all really settled into and really fell in love with them.”

REECE: Were you scared or nervous about performing in front of lots of people you didnt know?

SCARECROW: “We were at first, but we’ve all got each others backs so if anything did go wrong we would cover for them and hopefully no-one would notice.”

TIN MAN: “It is nerve racking at the time but you believe in your character and the others you’re on stage with and weve spent so much time together we’ve become a family so we’ve all helped each other”

Reece and I also had the pleasure of meeting some “munchkins” who had come from another school and were very keen to be involved saying they’d also learnt a lot by doing workshops with the year 6’s and and since their rehearsals started early October every Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday they’d bonded as friends and loved every minute of their performance(s).

The second half of the show was just as great as the first and you really felt immersed in the story at every stage.

9-year-old Reece absolutely loved the show

Reece and I absolutely loved the show, in-fact wow, it was fantastic. It was put together with such professionalism and it was such a pleasure to experience a production by children and young adults bonding to create not just an evening of entertainment but a journey of friendship and long may they continue to do so. We are already looking forward to any future production they do.

Well done to everybody involved and thank you for having us .’


The show at The Captiol Theatre runs until this Sat 29th with shows at 7:30 each evening and a matinee at 2:30 on Saturday.

Tickets are available on the Capitol Theatre Website by clicking here and are £15 for adults or £10 for U16, students and OAP.

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