This page is for reports of events and initiatives in local schools and colleges, as well as useful resources. If you have something you’d like adding, please email the editors at contact@ecochi.org.uk.

We would also like to set up a group of teachers and educators who would like to share what they are doing in their schools/ colleges. So far there are two of us! If you’d like to be involved with this, please email at contact@ecochi.org.uk.

We have been asked about school strikes, whether young adults must be released to attend and what a school can do as an alternative, to raise awareness. We’ve found the following links helpful: if you have other ways in which your school has highlighted the climate emergency, whether or not it involved a climate strike, please let us know through contact@ecochi.org.uk.

 

Mums for Lungs is a group campaigning against pollution around schools.

Some marvellous community art in response to the climate crisis, from Horsham, Chichester, and places between, including Jessie Younghusband School Year 6. Carrie Cort of Sussex Green Living gives free assemblies and lessons with an environmental theme – recommended.

Learning through Landscapes  –  resources including lesson plans, training and help with design.

You may have read about the launch of the UN CC:Learn accredited Climate Change Teacher Training Course, created by Harwood Education and One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UNITAR/UN CC:Learn).  This is a free accredited course available to all UK Schools on the topic of climate change. The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class.

Click here for a link to the Eco Schools website.  Eco-Schools  empowers children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award.  Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.

Chichester College Environment Sustainability Group

Over the past year departments have been working hard to improve our sustainability.
Here are a few examples of how we are achieving this:

  • The Estates Team have changed our energy providers, resulting in Crawley and Chichester campuses using 100% renewable energy!
  • Your search engine has been changed to ‘Ecosia’ from Google, which means one tree is planted for every 50 searches.
  • Our waste contract has switched to Veolia who offer a more extensive recycling programme.
  • Aramark have updated their food packing and switched tocompostable cutlery and packaging.
  • Costa are selling re-usuable cups and offers discounted drinks if you bring this (or your own) cup to the counter.

If you have any suggestions or would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Youth Protest meeting with Councillor Louise Goldsmith 24.5.19

Children from Ditcham Park School, Bishop Luffa School, Funtington School, Chichester Free School and Chichester High School met with Councillor Louise Goldsmith to discuss their concerns about the environment.

Jeremy Hunt challenged by primary school children on climate change

Chichester Observer article here

The article is a bit disjointed, but the JYS children had challenging climate related questions for him. We are planning to follow up on some of his answers too.

Lavant CE Primary School Fair Trade stall

The first Saturday of every month children from the school run a Fair Trade stall with items for sale and information about reducing waste