Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
A blog post by Rachel Hay
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
Our Climate Ready Classrooms training helps educate and empower secondary school pupils and teachers to understand complex global and local environmental issues - and learn how they can take action against climate change. After a group of pupils at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh successfully completed the course in 2020, and gave great feedback on it, a second group took part in the training this spring. Here's what they had to say about it.
Over six weeks in November and December 2020, a keen group of pupils took part in the Climate Ready Classrooms course online during one lunch break per week. The format worked so well that we were delighted to ask Josh back and he offered the online course again in March and April 2022, resulting in more of our pupils achieving Carbon Literacy certification.
It has been so encouraging and rewarding to see pupils opting to spend their free time exploring the causes, consequences and possible mitigation strategies of climate change, and see their enthusiasm for learning more about environmental issues, as well as their positivity for the future.
“As a group we found the climate ready classrooms course very enlightening about the current climate crisis that we as a younger generation are facing and will continue to battle. The course was packed with eye opening facts about greenhouse gases and their negative impact on our planet, however it also gave us many hopeful strategies. Together we can hopefully contribute towards helping towards these as well as educate those around us about them.”
Kirsten, Eleri & Eva
Making pledges empowered them to see that everyone can make a difference. Individual pledges included reducing the number of baths or time in the shower (heating water uses A LOT of energy), reducing food waste at home, walking and cycling more, and reducing the amount of red meat and dairy in their diets. Group pledges included educating others about fast fashion and carbon footprints, and working with their families to reduce food waste by planning meals and making creative use of leftovers, or eating more seasonally. I am looking forward to following these pledges up when they return from study leave, and next session.
Feedback from pupils was extremely positive.
“Throughout the carbon literacy course, I became increasingly more aware of the environment we live in and how we as people can help protect and save it. I found the course beneficial as it made me more conscious of my impact on the environment and what not only I can do as an individual to help, but what my family and friends can also do to help. I liked the fact we did lots of group activities and discussed with each other ways we can reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases.”
We all really enjoyed working with Josh, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his enthusiasm and flexibility, allowing us to offer this opportunity to our pupils during lunch breaks on a weekly basis. We hope he’ll agree to another course or two next session! Thanks, Josh!
“It was enjoyable and it was finally the push that made me want to be more environmentally friendly.”
Through our education programmes, we support children and young people to understand the role we all have to play in a transition to becoming a Net Zero Nation. In addition to Eco-Schools Scotland, we have delivered our bespoke accredited training course, Climate Ready Classrooms, to thousands of secondary school pupils and educators over the last three years.
Climate Ready Classrooms is a one-day accredited Carbon Literacy training course designed for young people aged 14–17 years. It uses interactive activities and examples to start a conversation about climate change. Upon completing the course, pupils receive Carbon Literacy accreditation.
Climate Ready Classrooms will help your school:
- Adopt a whole-school approach to climate action.
- Reduce your carbon footprint and use resource more efficiently.
- Connect to a network of carbon literate ambassadors.
- Support planning for choices and change through Curriculum for Excellence.
- Develop STEM skills and support the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.
- Receive an accredited certificate of Carbon Literacy.
- Develop evidence for your Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
Register through our online form and get Climate Ready!