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Green Charter

Green Charter

 

We have decided as a school to do our bit to help address climate change. In collaboration with all the other secondary schools across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly we have drawn up a Green Charter for Schools.

 

The charter has two over-arching aims:

 

  • As educators, we are committed to teach our young people to be environmentally literate and to develop their knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to practice and promote sustainability in their community.
  • As organisations, we are committed to ensure any decisions we make about our working practice take into account the impact on the environment, with the aim of adopting sustainable practices wherever possible.

 

To achieve our aims, we have all agreed to do the following:

1. Collectively declare a climate emergency in September 2019.

2. Attend the 2019 Cornwall Schools’ Eco-Conference and any subsequent conferences.

3. Gain Eco-School status within two years, then maintain it thereafter.

4. Significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic with the aim of becoming ‘plastic free’.

5. Create a garden, pond, orchard, vegetable plot, bee hive and/or farm on site.

6. Promote the benefits of eating less meat and aim to have a regular meat-free day.

7. Engage with parents & the local community to promote sustainable action in the home.

8. Engage with another school (nationally or internationally) about action in schools.

9. Support Isles of Scilly Council’s aim to become carbon neutral by:

  • reducing energy consumption by at least 10%
  • using some form of renewable energy source on site, where possible
  • buying energy from renewable suppliers, where possible

10. Explore ways to lessen the impact of petrol and diesel vehicles on the environment.

 

On Friday 20th September we will declare a climate emergency collectively with all the other schools. We hope by taking this stance other schools across the country will follow our lead. If you would like to be involved in helping us achieve our aims, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Please take the time to look at the videos and media in the links below which give some background information on the Climate Change Emergency:

 

Newsround: Global Climate Strikes

Students Sing to Save the Planet

A Whale's Tale | Hope Works

Keep Britain Tidy

What's The Point?

 

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