Little changes by lots of people will go a long way in our fight against climate change. Implement our simple eco-checklist and make climate change a priority in your school!
1.Make recycling a habit ☑︎
School is the perfect place to get recycling right - it builds good practice for future generations and is simple to implement. Recycling reduces the need to harvest new raw material from the earth, which dramatically reduces pollution and the burning of fossil fuels.
Action Assign four recycling bins (paper, plastic, metal, cardboard and organic waste) for each classroom, hall, playground, sports field and office.
Get Pupils Invovled Appoint two 'recycling monitors' for each class to keep an eye on their bins and provide weekly feedback to the class.
2.Cut out unnecessary photocopying
As teachers we all know that schools can be a hotspot for irresponsible photocopying, and it's absolutely up to us to set the example. Making paper and ink produces vast amounts of pollution and requires the burning of fossil fuels - not to mention the devastating impact it has on deforestation. Please, think before you print.
Action Buy eco-friendly schemes of work which dramatically reduce the need for printing and photocopying - most by more than 90%.
Teacher involvement Teachers to make a conscious effort to use Interactive Whiteboard or laptops to display work to pupils when possible.
3.Be energy efficient
Treat your school as you would your own home! There's no room for being lazy in the fight to reverse climate change. The wasted energy from schools directly increases the need to burn more fossil fuels - and will cost more money in the process.
Action Turn off lights when there's nobody in the room, keep doors closed to keep heat in and turn off computers when finished.
Pupil involvement Appoint two 'energy monitors' to check that lights are off in all classrooms at break, lunch and assembly times and to provide feedback to teachers.
4. Children to walk or cycle to school
Seeing as pupils live within walking distance of their school, most can cut out these unnecessary car trips. Less cars means less traffic, but more importantly cars burns fossil fuels and their pollutants is one of the main contributors to global warming.