In response to the Climate Emergency, all of Cornwall’s schools have signed a Green Charter, an initiative developed by Liskeard School and Community College.
The Green Charter has two over-arching aims:
As educators, we are committed to teach our young people to be environmentally literate and to develop their knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to practice and promote sustainability in their community.
As organisations, we are committed to ensure any decisions we make about our working practice take into account the impact on the environment, with the aim of adopting sustainable practices wherever possible.
To achieve our aims, we have all agreed to do the following:
- Collectively declare a climate emergency.
- Attend the annual Cornwall’s Schools’ Eco-Conference.
- Gain Eco-School status within two years, then maintain it thereafter.
- Significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic with the aim of becoming ‘plastic free’.
- Create a garden, pond, orchard, vegetable plot, bee hive and/or farm on site.
- Promote the benefits of eating less meat and aim to have a regular meat-free day.
- Engage with parents & the local community to promote sustainable action in the home.
- Engage with another school (nationally or internationally) about action in schools.
- Support Cornwall Council’s aim to become carbon neutral by:
- reducing energy consumption by at least 10%
- using some form of renewable energy source on site, where possible
- buying energy from renewable suppliers, where possible
- Explore ways to lessen the impact of petrol and diesel vehicles on the environment.
If you would like to be involved in helping us achieve our aims, please drop us an email via the Contacts page. Check out our Supporters page to see who is already working with us and how you could help.
Cornwall’s schools: working together for a greener, cleaner, fairer future.