17 Sep Environmental spring clean- Cultivating future generations
We celebrate the engagement of young people with the great British spring clean that has reconvened after its COVID-19 delay.
The next generation
Every year, thousands of people across the UK come together to help preserve and protect its troves of natural treasure. The Great British Spring Clean is designed to create engagement between communities and their green spaces.
However, it is the Great Big School Clean (GBSC) – an offshoot of the Spring Clean – that has us most excited. The competition already has over 2,000 schools on board and offers myriad benefits to those taking part.
Consisting largely of litter picking, the GBSC increases youth environmental awareness, improves mental health and creates contextual learning opportunities tied to the national curriculum.
The competition will run from the 11th – 27th of September and offers 5 random participating schools, the chance to win £200 worth of Wilko school supplies each.
The initiative is part of a larger program that sprung out of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Eco Schools, which is represented by over 20,000 schools in the UK alone.
Globally, Eco Schools represents the efforts and care of over 19m students worldwide, 170,000 of which are in the UK. While the GBSC is focused primarily on waste collection and reduction, Eco Schools takes a holistic view of sustainable, environmental education.
Schools are given the opportunity to be awarded Green Flags as a representation of their commitment to environmental education.
In order to obtain these, an institution is required to fulfil 7 steps and engage with the 10 topics outlined by the program. Among these topics are biodiversity, energy and global citizenship as well as litter and waste.
Moving through adversity
The scope of this year’s Spring Clean is unprecedented, ranging from beach clean-ups to raising awareness of littering in parks.
Unfortunately, the clean-up was delayed by the outbreak of coronavirus in order to protect the health of those involved.
However, now that lockdown is easing, the renamed Great British September Clean has been in full swing since last Friday. The British public fell in love with parks and green spaces as respite to the social isolation that coronavirus demanded.
Primarily, initiatives like Eco Schools and the GBSC aim to nurture the love of nature that many children already harbour. However, adults must also be aware of opportunities to set an example and reduce their impact on the environment too.
At ESS, we have long championed the desire of schools to reduce their carbon footprint despite limited resources. Our dedicated account managers help to guide bursars through contract procurement pertaining to energy or waste disposal. For a detailed understanding of how we can help your institution save money and instil a culture of sustainability, our full schools brochure can be accessed here.