There are three existing schemes to schools, colleges, staff and students to take action on climate change.
1. Manchester Environmental Education Network
MEEN is dedicated to supporting teachers, organisations and individuals working to promote environmental education and education for sustainability. For more information visit www.meen.org.uk
2. Carbon Literacy
Carbon Literacy is a day’s worth of certified climate change learning that encompasses context, relevance and action. Certified Carbon Literate students have a greater understanding of the environmental issues that face their generation and will be better equipped for dealing with them. Carbon Literacy has already taken root in numerous schools in Manchester and beyond, and following certification, Carbon Literate pupils have been teaching adults about climate change during ‘Carbon Classroom’ events.
Carbon Literacy training materials have been developed specifically for use in schools and are structured so that they are easily embedded into the National Curriculum. If you are a student, teacher or education manager contact The Carbon Literacy Project to find out how you and your school can become Carbon Literate: www.carbonliteracy.com.
By teaching about climate change in lessons I feel like we are helping to save the world in a small way. I am very proud that a lot of pupils gained the Carbon Literacy award last year. I know that there are many, many more of our pupils who are capable of this now. They are confident enough to talk about the science of climate change and how to stop it increasing. These pupils now have confidence to teach others about global warming and climate change. They have taught parents, pupils, outside agency and schools in other countries.”
- Margaret Lynch- Deakin (teacher at Heald Place Primary School)
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainability journey, and provides an easy-to-use framework to help embed sustainability principles into the heart of school life.
In 2015/16 91% of Manchester’s 176 schools were registered with Eco-Schools, with 13 achieving the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ standard for excellent environmental performance.
For more information visit http://eco-schools.org.uk/