"Pupils show keen awareness of ethical issues, for example in their participation in the eco-committee"
- ISI Inspection Report 2015
Our Eco-Committee is made up of staff and children who are passionate about making our school more sustainable and helping us become more aware of green issues. The children are the driving force behind the Committee which meets on a regular basis to discuss new ideas and plan activities aimed at increasing environmental awareness.
The Eco-Committee has introduced a number of initiatives ranging from posting signs reminding us to turn off lights and purchasing recycling bins specifically for plastic cups, to whole school events such as our Empty Classroom Day when we hold all lessons outdoors and enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning while saving energy.
Ashfold is registered with Eco-Schools, an international programme which aims to help schools make sustainability an integral part of school life.
Reducing our Environmental Footprints
This term our focus is on reducing our environmental footprints.
At our recent Eco-Committee Assembly we explained why we should try and change our habits, and how we might do this. Here are some of our top tips:
|Take only what you need and use all that you take.|
|Write/print on both sides of the paper and recycle it when no longer useful.|
|Bring a reusable water bottle to school rather than using plastic cups for drinks.|
|Eat all the food on your plate at mealtimes.|
|Don’t keep the tap running whilst brushing your teeth/washing your hands.|
|Have quick showers rather than long baths.|
|Turn off lights when rooms are empty.|
|Save electricity where possible by switching things off.|
|Keep windows and doors shut in winter so that heat does not escape.|
|Do not drop litter – put it in the bin/recycling bin|
You can find out what your own environmental footprint is and how you can reduce it by visiting the WWF website’s carbon footprint calculator: http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/
We also showed the trailer for a very powerful documentary film called ‘A Plastic Ocean’ (dir. Craig Leeson, 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw
If you would like to watch the full film, it is available on Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix and YouTube, or visit https://www.plasticoceans.org/
It is not easy to watch, but highly recommended and very worthwhile.