Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet. At Blackpool Gateway Academy we want to empower children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award. The seven steps are
Form an eco-committee,
Carry out an environmental review,
Write an action plan,
Find curriculum links,
Inform and involve,
Monitor and evaluate
Create an Eco Code.
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. The aim of Eco Schools is to make the children, staff and community of Blackpool Gateway aware of the ten Eco Schools topics. These topics are Marine, Biodiversity, Litter, Waste, Energy, Transport, Water, School Grounds, Healthy Living and Global Citizenship.
After completing our environmental review and to achieve our Bronze award, we have decided to concentrate particularly on these three areas:
1. Energy - Our Eco Council members will commit to reducing the amount of wasted energy in school by monitoring the ‘switch off’ of all electronic devices whilst not in use
2. Marine - To support our local environment, we aim to take part in local activities in maintaining and looking after our beaches and its wildlife.
3. Litter - Litter in our school, playground and streets continues to play a huge role in damaging our environment. We are going to help keep our streets clean!