Climate Action Schools announced
Ahead of the school summer holidays we have announced our new framework to put climate change firmly on the agenda for educators, young people and children.
In response to the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, which are seen as the greatest threats humanity has ever faced – we have unveiled Climate Action Schools.
Over the past 25 years we've supported educators and young people in every local authority area across Scotland through the international Eco-Schools programme, with many of them proudly flying the Green Flag to share and celebrate their achievements.
In addition, Climate Ready Classrooms in secondary schools has empowered and enabled positive change – creating carbon literate learners and educators who are better informed and skilled to take action and progress climate change education.
Many educators, young people and children are already doing amazing work in their schools and communities to combat climate change – from planting for nature and biodiversity, to cutting energy consumption, reducing water usage, and tackling litter and reducing waste.
But they are also asking for more help. They want to know the facts, the challenges ahead and the links between what they are doing and how it tackles the twin climate and nature crises.
Our Climate Action Schools framework will build on existing activity across Scotland and increase opportunities for learning across five core components: learning for sustainability; climate emergency; biodiversity; litter and pollution; and amplifying pupil voices.
Catherine Gee, our Deputy Chief Executive commented: “As a country we are working towards becoming a Net Zero nation by 2045 and are committed to supporting Learning for Sustainability for every learner. Those children and educators at school now will be the ones to help us achieve this ambition. But to do that they need the right tools and information – which is why we’ve created Climate Action Schools.
“We want to support all our children, young people and educators to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required to protect our planet and following the adoption of The Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26, we believe that the time to reframe the support we provide is now.”
In the autumn we will host a Climate Action Week packed full of live lessons and activities. Schools will be invited to pledge to join a Climate Action Schools network to help Scotland reach Net Zero by 2045.
22 June 2022