When it comes to saving our planet, one of the most inspiring cohorts of people to meet is young people. Not only is their generation one of the most aware of the impacts of climate change, but they also have the idealism to envision a greener future. One of the best places to cultivate this in school, where a love of nature can be nurtured and acted upon.
A thriving example of harnessing this passion for the planet and applying it is St Munchin’s College. The secondary school has grounds of mature trees and is powered by solar panels. The school prioritises sustainability and currently has a green flag for transport, recycling and is working towards receiving one for biodiversity.
Some Green School Projects to get involved in:
- Safe routes to school programme is open to all schools in Ireland for active travel funding and delivery.
- Let’s Fix Fashion focuses on encouraging students to think about the clothes they wear and their origins.
- Global Goals Book Club picks a book each month with a specific global goal.
- Global Classrooms link schools in Ireland with friends in Kenya to speak about goals such as gender equality, consumption and production, climate action, water and land. It provides students with a global learning opportunity.
- Neat Streets offers schools who are working towards getting a green flag for litter to help design projects to reduce litter in their area.
- The Water Ambassador programme offers secondary school students to learn about water and develop a campaign in their school to raise awareness about water conservation.
- And She Cycles works with teenage girls to help break down the barriers that prevent girls from cycling to school.
Find out more about the initiatives a school can take with Green Schools Ireland: