The Eco Emeralds were originally formed by an 11-year-old named Elliott from All Saints Roman Catholic School in Anfield, Liverpool. Elliott set up the group upon discovering that the school café’s ice cream was made using palm oil – a major source of deforestation, as well as the destruction of animal’s habitats. Children from this school in Liverpool came together as the ‘Eco Emeralds’ to find ways of protecting their local environment and enjoying nature.
The Eco Emeralds soon gained support from Iceland Foods Charitable Organisation (ICFC), the campaign organisation, Semble, and The Duchess of Cambridge. With their help, they launched a ‘Backyard Nature’ campaign in 2019, designed to inspire children across the UK to help protect their environment and enjoy their natural world. The campaign now has the support of over 10,000 ‘Backyard Nature Guardians’ taking small steps in their local environment to make a big difference to the planet.
The young environmental activists recently appeared on the ITV documentary: ‘Prince William: A Planet for Us All’, showcasing their inspirational efforts in wildlife conservation. They exhibited their very own ‘Bugingham Palace’, populated by various insects and bugs, including the essential Queen Bee.