A SCHOOLBOY’S plea for a car free day in the capital is to be posted to the Mayor of London from one of the coldest places on Earth.
A letter to Boris Johnson from 10-year-old André Rai is on its way to Antarctica, as part of an initiative to inspire future generations to get close to nature and protect the environment.
André, of Colham Green Road Hillingdon, was one of 100 winners in a competition organised by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Barnes to celebrate the centenary of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole and trust’s connection with that trip.
More than 600 entries were received, with letters written to family members, celebrities, politicians and groups.
Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition set off in 1910 with the intention of being the first to reach the pole, but was beaten to its objective by a Norwegian team.
The expedition ended in disaster on the return journey, with Scott and three colleagues dying in some of the most extreme weather conditions ever recorded on the continent.
Knowing he was about to die, Scott wrote a letter to his wife urging her to get their young son interested in nature. The boy grew up to become Sir Peter Scott, founder of the WWT.
Andre, a pupil at St Bernadette Catholic Primary School in Long Lane, Hillingdon, wrote a letter to Mr Johnson suggesting there should be a car free Sunday once a year in London.
His entry was chosen by a panel of judges including television wildlife show presenters Kate Humble, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Bill Oddie. Kate is taking the 100 winning letters to Antarctica, where she will post them from the most southerly post office in the world.
Andre’s mother, Annette, told the Gazette: “He was delighted to find out that he had been chosen as one of the winners. The idea for the letter was completely his and he is very excited to get his letter back later this year.”