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:
- Collectively declare a climate emergency in September 2019.
- Attend the 2019 Cornwall Schools’ Eco-Conference and any subsequent conferences.
- Gain Eco-School status within two years, then maintain it thereafter.
- Significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic with the aim of becoming ‘plastic free’.
- Create a garden, pond, orchard, vegetable plot, bee hive and/or farm on site.
- Promote the benefits of eating less meat and aim to have a regular meat-free day.
- Engage with parents & the local community to promote sustainable action in the home.
- Engage with another school (nationally or internationally) about action in schools.
- Support Cornwall 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
- Explore ways to lessen the impact of petrol and diesel vehicles on the environment.
We hope that much of this will be driven by students through our Ecosoc Group and School Council. Next week we will be organising a series of activities and events leading up to Friday 20th September, when 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 read on for more information about the events taking place next week.
Declaring a Climate Emergency
Programme for Monday 16th – Friday 20th September, 2019
Monday 16th September
- All staff and students will be challenged to make ‘10 Changes for the Climate’ (see below).
- Lessons in Geography and Science for Years 7 -10 will focus on raising awareness and understanding about climate change and sustainability.
Wednesday 18th September
- We are holding special assemblies to mark the launch of the Green Charter and associated actions.
Thursday 19th September
- Non-uniform Day for staff and students – everyone is invited to wear something recycled, borrowed, second-hand or the colour green – proceeds will go to helping us achieve Eco-school status.
Friday 20th September
- Students will have the opportunity to take part in 30 minute protests outside the school grounds displaying their banners (this is voluntary for students and will be supervised by staff).
- We will run a Swap Shop all day, where students can bring unwanted toys, games, books etc to the library for others to takeaway and use, rather than just being thrown away.
- In the afternoon, the school will come together to declare a climate emergency.
Mullion has been officially recognised as a SAS Plastic free school.