A new project to help young schoolchildren be more eco-friendly has launched in Stockton.
Stockton Council’s Eco Schools Project offers a programme of support for primary schools which encourages pupils and the wider communities to be more environmentally friendly.
The support is offered by Stockton Council as part of the wider Eco Schools international award programme.
Young people and their teachers will have the opportunity to develop fun, eco-friendly projects to help encourage sustainability within the school and in the wider environment. They will be able to achieve up to three levels of internationally recognised Eco Schools awards – Bronze, Silver and Green Flag – in recognition of their efforts to be more green.
Pupils at Fairfield Primary School have already been working on a range of projects and activities to raise awareness. They have been learning about climate change and worked together to set up an ‘eco-committee’, Fairfield Eco Heroes, which focuses on promoting energy efficiency, waste management, recycling, eco-friendly travel and carbon reduction.
The pupils have already achieved a Bronze award and are now counting bees in the school grounds in contribution to The Big Bumblebee Discovery, a national project which helps scientists analyse the bumblebee population in the UK.
Councillor David Rose, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “There are many different ways of protecting the environment and reducing carbon emissions and it is fantastic to see young people and teaching staff be a part of this project. Not only does it benefit the environment and wider community but it will also help young people consider steps they can take to help protect the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.”
Eco Schools is a free scheme which is run nationally by the Keep Britain Tidy charity. To find out more about the Eco Schools Project in Stockton, contact Melanie Greenwood on (01642) 526596 or email [email protected]