Students encouraged to join Eco-Schools programme to ‘help save the planet’

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School children are being encouraged to join LB Hounslow’s  Eco-Schools Programme, which will encourage young people to learn more about the environment and get involved in ‘fun activities that help to protect our planet.’

Activities include organising litter picks and car free days, establishing a green wall or school vegetable garden, monitoring air quality and the school’s energy and water use, establishing bug hotels and improving recycling rates across their schools.

In the run up to COP26, the UN climate summit taking place in Glasgow in November, the Council has launched a photo competition for schools.

Schools are being asked to send a photo of something they are doing to tackle climate change or lead on environmental action in their community. Photographs will judged at Hounslow’s Environmental Summit, being held as part of it COP26 activities, on Friday 5 November at Hounslow House.

The top 12 photos will have their photographs turned into an Eco-Schools Calendar and the winning schools will have the opportunity to work closely with some of the Council’s partners as part of their Eco-Schools work. Schools must submit one photograph to by Wednesday 3 November.

The Eco-Schools programme will focus on environmental actions covering ten topics: Marine, Biodiversity, Energy, Litter, Waste, Transport, Water, School Grounds, Healthy Living and Global Citizenship. Hounslow has created activity guides, which have already been distributed to schools, for each of the ten topics to support action by teachers and pupils.

Image above: Chiswick School allotment

Eco-schools programme “fun but with a serious message”

Cllr Guy Lambert, Hounslow Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies said:

“I’m delighted we’re launching the Eco-Schools programme and encourage all Hounslow schools to get involved. I remember when my daughter, who is now a teacher in the borough herself, came home aged about 6 and instructed us how to recycle – a habit I have now retained for 25 years.

“It was very powerful to be educated by her – children can have a big influence on their parents and a massive impact on the environmental challenges that blight all of our lives from litter to the climate emergency. The more children and young people are engaged with these matters, the more they will drive change.”

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Hounslow Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency said:

“There are many things councils and residents can do to reduce their carbon footprint, and my hope is that children who take part in the Eco-Schools programme will lead from the front in tackling the climate emergency. Eco-Schools is a fun programme but with a serious message. We need children to take home what they learn at school and encourage their families to recycle, choose sustainable transport and think about all of the measures and choices they can take to reduce their household’s carbon footprint.”

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