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Deputy First Minister commits to make classrooms climate ready

Secondary School pupils and teachers across Scotland are set to benefit from funding to help them take action on climate change, as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, made the announcement that our Climate Ready Classrooms programme is to receive funding to roll it out across Scotland.

Climate Ready Classrooms provides a unique and timely opportunity to support young people’s call for climate action and harness the passion they have to work in partnership with their schools and communities to take action on climate change.

The programme helps pupils and teachers to develop their understanding of climate change, its causes and potential impacts. It supports a whole school, pupil-led approach to Learning for Sustainability providing a clear framework for action through the Eco-Schools Scotland programme and is accredited by The Carbon Literacy Project.

Bruce Robertson, Charity Trustee commented, “Climate change is the biggest Global Challenge we face and it’s essential that our young people have the knowledge and skills to make informed choices on how their lifestyles can help address matters. This is what our programme sets out to do and we thank the First Minister and her Government for supporting our work with young Scottish learners and their educators.”

Our pilot in 2018/19 worked with more than 200 young people and 18 education practitioners representing in nine local authorities areas and 100% of respondents agreed the workshop improved their understanding of climate change and low carbon actions.

One of the pilot participants said: “This brilliant experience has inspired me to change my actions to lower my carbon footprint and spread awareness among my peers…I highly recommend anyone who is given the opportunity to take part to do so, so you can be inspired just like I have.”

07 August 2019

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