Schools going for green!

By on 03/06/2009 in News

Fifty schools in Birmingham will be going green with the curriculum on Friday, June 5th, by ensuring all lessons are linked to the environment.

Every activity at the schools from PE and drama to numeracy, literacy and art will be focused around sustainability as part of the city’s Green Day.

Yardleys Secondary School – one of the 50 schools taking part in the event is to be visited by Sustainable Development and Energy Innovation Minister Lord Hunt during the afternoon.

More than 300 schools nationally in five cities are taking part in the event which is run in conjunction with the CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment).

It comes ahead of a World Summit on climate change to be held in Copenhagen in September.

To coincide with the event, Lord Hunt will also be handing out award certificates to Birmingham schools that have proved their green credentials at Austin Court in Brindleyplace in the morning.

Called the Basic 21 Sustainable Schools Awards, they are part of Birmingham City Council’s drive to encourage all schools in the city to be more eco-friendly by 2020.

So far 120 city schools - more than a quarter of the total have gained the certificate.

Deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley said: “We are committed to doing our bit to address climate change in this city.

“Our ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 is something all of us have to contribute towards and that means schools too.

“I am delighted to see so many schools in the city are getting the green message and are doing their bit to secure a better future.

“It is, after all, today’s children who will inherit the Earth from us!”

Tony Howell, Birmingham’s Strategic Director for Children, Young People & Families, added: “I am delighted to see so many of our schools getting involved in this programme and getting pupils to think in a green way.

“Ultimately we want all our schools to be eco-friendly. Most young people in this city are aware of issues around global warming and want to do something about it.

“That’s why it is vital that we work with them on our journey towards a more sustainable future.”

It is the second year Birmingham has been involved in Green Day.

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