LISTEN: Schoolchildren’s environmental protest song praised by Sir David Attenborough

Pupils at Clare Community Primary School picture: Rob Davies

Pupils at Clare Community Primary School picture: Rob Davies - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Clare Community Primary School pen lyrics to ‘The Extinction Will Not Be Televised’.

Sir David Attenborough praised the children in Year six at Clare Community Primary School for their

Sir David Attenborough praised the children in Year six at Clare Community Primary School for their environmental efforts. Here, pictured at Abberton Reservoir near Colchester in 2015. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A class of primary school children in west Suffolk has been praised by the one and only David Attenborough for the environmental projects they have been involved with.

In the weeks following their SATs exams, year six students at Clare Community Primary School have been visiting other classes to encourage them and their families to eat less meat, use less plastic packaging and bottled cosmetic products and to walk and cycle to school rather than take the car.

The children have also worked with teacher Rob Davies to write updated lyrics to the classic protest song: 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' by Gil Scott-Heron, which they have called 'The Extinction Will Not Be Televised'.

The students' track deals with climate crisis, plastic waste, retail industry pollution, global warming, political disinterest and the extinction of countless species, set in the context of social media, YouTubers, pop music and Fortnite.

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The class wrote to Sir David to tell him about their work and earlier this month received a reply from the iconic natural history broadcaster.

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Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count Picture: HELEN ATKINSON - Credit: Helen Atkinson

Sir David's reply

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Sir David wrote: "Congratulations on getting your pupils to participate in all the conservation-linked activities you describe" before going on to apologise that he could not provide a recording of a section of the song lyrics, which Mr Davies had asked him to do.

Mr Davies said: "Sir David's affirmation of our projects really inspires the children and me, and shows us all that the work children are taking part in within UK primary schools, can have much further-reaching consequences and value in their wider lives, than any SATs scores or league tables can reflect.

"And it shows what an incredible force Sir David continues to be, that he personally hand-writes a reply, despite being well into his nineties and with the hectic schedule he must have."

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The lyrics

The whole track can heard on the video above but here is a sample of some of the lyrics:

There will be no more pictures of plastic choking our oceans

Plastic choking our fish or plastic choking YOU

There will be no children playing in rivers polluted by the fashion industry

To satisfy our demand for cheap clothing

There will be no more recycling deported to countries who can't afford to SAY NO

Because the extinction will not be televised

There will be no HD footage of

Blue whales gasping for air, starving polar bears, or rainforests bulldozed for livestock

because THEY WILL ALL BE GONE

Brexit, immigration and the latest Marvel movie will no longer be so damned relevant

And people will not care if the new Minecraft update EVER comes out

Because the extinction will not be televised

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