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New Eco-Schools Climate Action Topic launched

14 September 2021

This Scotland's Climate Week, and in response to global calls for a greater focus on climate change education we have launched a new Climate Action Topic for the international Eco-Schools Scotland programme.

The new topic will support children and young people understand the role we all have to play in a transition to becoming a Net Zero Nation.

Additionally, this week we are running our first online Climate Action Week in schools right across the country.  With multiple classes logging on to online lessons delivered by our education team in 400+ schools we estimate that we are reaching 10,000 pupils a day.  And with 300 primary and secondary teachers committed to attend COP26 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions we are supporting the nation to identify the carbon footprint impact of their own activities and confidently work out where they can most effectively take positive action.

The international Eco-Schools programme, which runs in 70 countries and 56,000 schools, has since its inception in 1993, had raising environmental awareness to tackle climate change at its heart, woven through each of the main topics which support educators and pupils to achieve the top award – the Green Flag.

With COP26 coming to Glasgow in November, and against the backdrop of an increasing demand from young people across the world to learn more about, and take urgent action to combat the climate crisis, climate change is being put firmly front and central in the Eco-Schools Scotland programme – the new topic complements the commitments of Learning for Sustainability as an entitlement of all learners within Scotland’s Curriculum and sits alongside other topics such as Biodiversity, Transport, Energy, and Litter and Waste. 

Catherine Gee, our Deputy CEO said, “For almost three decades, Keep Scotland Beautiful has committed through our Eco-Schools Scotland programme to supporting the environmental education of more than a million young people, empowering them to understand complex global and local environmental issues.  

“We hope that our new Climate Action Topic and focused Climate Action Week will help amplify the message that climate change action can be taken by everyone by providing lots of activities that all ages can engage with.

“With COP26 just around the corner this dedicated focus on climate change aims to provide a lasting national educational legacy.”

In addition to Eco-Schools Scotland Keep Scotland Beautiful has delivered a bespoke accredited training course, Climate Ready Classrooms, to thousands of secondary school pupils and educators over the last two years.

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