NEWA Starts the Eco-Schools Award!

Posted on: 21st June 2021

Eco-Schools logo

This year our school has decided to actively protect our local and global environment by becoming an Eco-School. We have recently started our journey to earning the Eco-Schools Award as part of the ‘Year of Green’ for OAT, with the aim of completing our Green Flag Award by April 2022.

Eco-Schools is a charity that empowers students by encouraging them to get actively involved in planning and completing environmental actions. You are the future custodians of Planet Earth, young people don’t need to wait to start protecting the planet, you already have a voice and can begin right away!

In England, Eco-Schools has been run by Keep Britain Tidy for 25 years. Their logo ‘Tidy Man,’ is one of the most recognisable in the country. Since 1969 it has been on bins, food packaging and advertisements. Keep Britain Tidy was founded in 1954 by the National Federation of Women’s Institute. Over the years they have worked with plenty of celebrities from Abba to the Bee Gees via the Wombles. They have also been instrumental in introducing the 5p charge for plastic bags and fines for people who litter.

Eco-Schools is operated globally by the Foundation for Environmental Education it began in 1994 in response to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. It originally began in Denmark, Germany, Greece and the UK, 25 years later it is the largest educational programme in the world running in 67 different countries with over 19 million children involved and will be something our students will remember for the rest of their lives.

The programme focuses on ten topics surrounding current global issues, they are:

* Biodiversity: focusing on the variety of plant and animal life in the world.
* Energy: making sure your energy usage is sustainable.
* Global Citizenship: acting locally and thinking globally.
* Healthy Living: looking after your own physical and mental wellbeing.
* Litter: it looks terrible and harms wildlife.
* Marine: wherever you live your actions can have a direct impact on marine life.
* School Grounds: improving your learning environment.
* Transport: ensuring your commute to school has a minimal impact on our world.
* Waste: Thinking about the 5r’s (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle).
* Water: Is it taken for granted in our country?

Eco-Schools around the world follow the same, international Seven Step process in order to succeed and achieve and Eco-Schools Green Flag award.

Step 1: The Eco-Schools programme is designed to be led by students. An Eco-Committee comprised of at least one student from each year group is needed to take responsibility for the programme in our school.
Step 2: Eco-Schools provide an Environmental Review to check the impact our school is having on the environment.
Step 3: The Eco-Committee will produce an Action Plan detailing the projects they will undertake, throughout the Eco-Schools programme.
Step 4: Throughout the year different subjects and year-groups will focus on environmental issues that Link to the Curriculum.
Step 5: The Eco-Committee will make sure as many people in our school and local community are Informed and Involved in the Eco-Schools work going on.
Step 6: Throughout the Eco-Schools process our Eco-Committee will regularly Monitor and Evaluate whether the actions in their Action Plan have been a success.
Step 7: At the end of the process we will need to produce an Eco-Code that reflects the work we have done and that each student can live by in the future.

If you would like to get involved, are interested in joining the Eco-Committee or would like to know more please contact Mrs Morgan.

Eco-Schools seven steps

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