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29th Jun, 2022

Putting climate change on the curriculum with awards scheme

GREEN thinking will be on the agenda later this year – and not only with Britain hosting the COP26 UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow.

For this autumn Solihull will be hosting its annual Sustainable Schools Conference to share ideas about the environment and celebrate Greener Schools Awards for those schools involved in a range of environmental activities.

“Tackling climate change remains a priority and we now face the challenge of rebuilding our economies in greener and more sustainable ways,” said Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, the borough’s cabinet member for climate change, planning and housing during a visit to St Patrick’s CE Primary Academy in Earlswood.

“Locally our ambition is to be net zero carbon in the borough by 2041.

“The work our children have been doing for many years now, and are continuing to do, plays an inspirational part in meeting this ambition.

“Children are already working hard towards our Greener Schools Awards, meeting internationally agreed goals, and teaching us how to make a better world.”

The Sustainable Schools Conference – which includes the Greener Schools Awards – is in the autumn.

The aim is that the awards help to develop a sense of pride in sustainability activities and encourage further activities by highlighting positive stories and role models.

There are three levels ranging from Level 1 which is given when a team of pupils help to raise awareness and improve their school environment, to Level 3 which is given when the whole school introduces the internationally agreed Global Goals and finds links to the curriculum.

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