Are Schools Doing Enough?


Are Schools Doing Enough?

I have reason to belive that my school is doing enough becase we always re-use things, always re-cycle and use solar pannals. We are part if a group called Eco Warriers and we go around helping the enviorment by planting trees, gardening and making homes for bugs.

Can you think of anything your school does?

What do you do?

Comments (44)

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg splendid_raccoon | John Ray Junior School
    07 Jun 2019

    I think they are

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg focused_measurement | Streatham Wells Primary School
    07 Jun 2019

    Our school toys to use the least amount off paper as possible

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg focused_measurement | Streatham Wells Primary School
    07 Jun 2019

    our school try's to use the least amount off paper as possible

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_panda_bear | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    Some schools are like most who are on this website but some are not .

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg straightforward_nature | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    10 Jun 2019

    to adventurous_piano,
    you have inspired me to start my own Eco Warriors group at my school
    straight_forward nature.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    10 Jun 2019

    Hello @adventurous_piano!
    At Boutcher (my school), we have recently started raising money for something called a Green Screen.
    Green screens - planted fences of ivy or bamboo - have been found to have huge benefits in reducing pollution in schools and playgrounds. Other primary schools in South London have seen a decrease in nitrogen levels by 45% since the installation of the Green Screen.
    Furthermore, Outdoor air pollution from cars and other sources kills four million people every year. A recent study found children in London are growing up with smaller lungs and asthma due to toxic air pollution.
    The Mayor has kindly donated £9,000 – but for that funding to be released and given to us, we need to be able to raise £3,750. To date, we’ve raised the rounded-up amount of £2,800.
    The Green Screen will not only help stop the pollution from coming into our school, and affecting us, but keep away those nosy strangers who can’t help but take a sneaky peek at our playtimes.
    We’ve held all sorts of fundraisers; beauty raffles; cake sales; ice-lollies-on-hot-day sales and much, much more. Each has contributed to our efforts in trying to make the school a better environment.

    “It's up to all of us now to make the air our children breath better.” – I quote the statement made on the fundraising website.
    Do you think this is a worthy cause?

    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
      content_lemon's comment 23 Jun 2019

      Hi Content_lemon!

      I think what your school is doing is amazing! I had already put forward the need to have some kind of planting around our school perimeter because our school is also an inner city school which is heavily exposed to a high level of pollution. Your school’s Green Screen of Ivy and bamboo is a brilliant idea, and thanks for telling us the cost, I had no idea it was so expensive!

      In my opinion, I would love it if our school put this as a priority list of a fundraising project. After all, I do think our health is extremely important, and my parents also think it’s a top priority too.

      So yes, I do think it’s a very worthy cause especially for all inner city schools. Good luck with the fundraising, I’m sure you will hit the target very soon!

      And well done for your school for winning School of the Year!

      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
        creative_sparrow's comment 24 Jun 2019

        Hello @creative_sparrow!

        Thank you!! I think pollution entering school gates across the country is a real problem that needs addressing - good job with putting forward your ideas, I think they're great, and should happen soon!
        I think it does help if your school has a School Council like we do, and perhaps you could suggest your fantastic ideas to them (providing you do have one) or perhaps you are?

        Thanks again, and well done to you for your achievement!!

        1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
          content_lemon's comment 25 Jun 2019

          Hi content_lemon!

          Congratulations to you and impartial_panda_bear for your achievements! I love reading both of your posts and comments. :)

          Yes, tackling air pollution is so important, I actually wonder what our lungs are like, with all of us breathing those small particulates! However for your school to have a 45% reduction of Nitrogen levels is amazing! I put forward the idea because I’m part of an environment group, however the downside is that our school made it such a small group which means that some applicants were turned down. In my opinion, it should include as many people as possible because more awareness can influence many, many more people.

          Well I seriously hope more schools in the future will incorporate your school’s Green Screen idea. Maybe schools that are at high risk of pollution should be required to do this as a form of a compulsory health and safety feature, and maybe governments should help to fund it. Similar to some industries where health and safety requires you to wear a face mask.

          Well I wish you all good health down in London! Your ‘Green screen’ must come soon because the air quality is literally choking down there!! Good luck with everything!

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg friendly_cello | Streatham Wells Primary School
    12 Jun 2019

    well they are not really helping because they use electricity witch is due to greenhouse gasses

  • Ormiston-Rivers-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_effort | Ormiston Rivers Academy
    12 Jun 2019

    I think it's not just up to schools to try and help climate change, I think schools also need to educate young people more on the topic too. If all schools did this, young people could be more aware of what they are doing and how it affects our planet. This would help the whole community a lot with the issues surrounding climate change. I really admire people like Greta Thunberg who are trying to stop climate change. If we all did our part, climate change wouldn't be so much of an issue.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    13 Jun 2019

    I think schools are doing enough. There are strict rules of no littering, bins to things. In my opinion, it the children that are making the wrong difference . They litter their snacks - including crisp packets, cereal bars and others- across the playground. This is very wrong, and i hope our school does an assembly discussing this issue.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg resourceful_drawing | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    13 Jun 2019

    In my class we had a really deep lesson about climate change and how oxygen is getting dirtier by the second.We talked about a few ways to stop things similar like that happening some including :Floods which are caused by ice melting and pollution, animals hurt by rubish in the ocean and the ground becuase of littering And many more bad things happaning in the world right now because of you and me and everyone else you know.MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY,SAVE OUR PLANET,SAVE OUR ANIMALS,AND SAVE US!!!!!!!!!!

  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom
    13 Jun 2019

    Unfortunately, I believe that our school are not doing enough to help prevent climate change. We do not have any recycling bins which is really bad. Also, the cafeteria sells lots of non-recyclable items. We really need to change.
    However, the English department is very much making aware climate change. They are making a monster out of plastic bottles and are going to caption that this is what we are creating. Also, we are going to write to our headteacher about getting recycling bins. Therefore, I believe that we are doing some things for the environment but I believe that we should do more.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      honorable_conclusion's comment 14 Jun 2019

      Wow! This sounds like a good idea to raise awareness. Can you think of a way that the cafeteria can reduce plastic?

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_moon | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    My belief is that, schools are not doing that great. This opinion is because schools don't raise that much money. This is because the way they sell an item, for example, if someone wants to buy a book at a book fair then they'll buy it, BUT, it will be dependable on the price, if its like 4.50 , which is quite expensive, they'll not buy it (In my opinion). If its like 2:50. It will be better. In my opinion I think that my school is doing something good, this is a club called ECO Club. Eco club is a club that collects recycling products and gives it to the recycling process. This is a good deed.

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg secure_hedgehog | Noel Park Primary School
    14 Jun 2019

    Schools are doing a good amount however can do more by changing the plastic cups to paper cups and do event to raise awareness to the society that climate change is very important.Instead of normal paper recycled paper would be more helpful because it brings down the levels of the amount of paper every day. We can also do things like cake sales or jumble sales which means that there would be less rubbish . In our school we have an eco club that collect recycling every day after school and that goes to the recycling unit these are some of the things that schools can do to protect the environment.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    17 Jun 2019

    what are school could is limit the paper or plastic our school uses

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fair_snow | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    17 Jun 2019

    I think schools can do a lot to help with the issue of climate change. The biggest thing schools can do is to educate children about the causes and effects of climate change so that children understand how importaant it is and how it will affect their future. Once children understand how important it is they themselves will start taking action, both at home and at school. Because they're the adults of the future they will eventually influence politicians and governments.

  • Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg free_acorn | Elaine Primary School
    17 Jun 2019

    make the school a better place for the student who don't like it.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    18 Jun 2019

    they could do is that instead of serving icecream that are what i think are plastic cups use bowls

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg wise_physics | Streatham Wells Primary School
    19 Jun 2019

    In my school we're not doing enough. In the lunch hall if the run out of plates the switch to polystyrene ones instead. When this happens me and my friend wash the plates after we use them and wash them so we can reuse them. We used to have ice cream in cones but now we have it in polystyrene cups increasing the amount of greenhouse gasses released in the air rather than reducing it. When we have school fairs we try to use reuse-able cutlery and ensure people don't litter. I'm also thinking about suggesting a no plastic water bottles rule as the amount of people that come into school with them is absurd. We've also done lessons about how much air pollution is being produced in our area where we measure it with special tools our head of science provides for us. I understand it must be difficult for schools to try and reduce the amount of plastic they use but I'm sure they could be doing better.

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg introspective_bee | Cowes Enterprise College A | United Kingdom
    19 Jun 2019

    my school uses a lot of paper and plastic, they don't mean to its just that it takes a long time for things to change.this can also be said for recycling bins

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg charming_drawing | Cowes Enterprise College A | United Kingdom
    19 Jun 2019

    our school could use solar panels

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_conversation | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom
    19 Jun 2019

    Statistics show that educational facilities are the biggest creators of waste. The waste & resources action programme estimate that the Uk’s education section produce 210,700 tonnes of waste each year which includes around 123,000 tonnes of food waste. Around 1,000,000 sheets of paper are being used every year and a total of at least £6000 is being spent on photocopying alone. There are 34,000 schools in the Uk and each and every one of the plays a vital role in changing how we think about the environment and climate change. Due to the fact a company called eco schools many schools have finally started to realise that we should try and make a change. When going onto the website you can register to join the ‘movement’ and follow seven steps to become an eco friendly school. Primary and secondary schools are welcome to join and students are encouraged to lead the eco school programme. By the end of the programme there are awards to win to show you are doing something to help the environment. So all in all I think schools are doing quite a bit to help the environment but there is more that they can do to help climate change and the environment in general.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg powerful_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    19 Jun 2019

    Well in my opinion I would say that schools are quite doing much.

    In my school we were talking about this issue and us and some other schools wanted to fight against this and we talked about the issues that collapse together to make climate change.

    We are trying our best!

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg majestic_region | Michael Faraday Primary School | United Kingdom
    20 Jun 2019

    Personally, I think that schools are doing well. As you said they recycle and many more. They try their best, but sometimes we use a lot of paper due to the work that needs to be done.

  • Notley-Green-logo-250x250.jpg selfreliant_blackberry | Notley Green Primary School
    21 Jun 2019

    in my opinion many school are doing things to help the environment such as using paper straws and using composible forks when eating in the luch hall. but many schools are failing to help and are creating more pollution

  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg eager_ostrich | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom
    21 Jun 2019

    In my opinion,my school is doing a lot to help the environment we have recycling bins in each classroom we also have a scrap paper draw so we can reuse paper that does not need to get throw away. Also for art week at my school we are making everything out of plastic bottles an and we are also making a greenhouse out of plastic bottles and we are gonna plant flowers in there which will be good for the bee's


  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    24 Jun 2019

    I think our school is not doing enough. We used to have ice cream scooped up from a big tub but now they give us ice cream in sphere ate containers which are plastic and plastic lids. They also give us plastic spoons instead of using the metal reusable ones the school has. We used to have one literacy book for English and science but now thy divide it so English gets one, literature gets one and so does science. This is a very big problem because schools play a big part in the climate emergency as most of the resources that are needed come from school and jobs. All schools may not be responsible for everyone else's actions but they can still play a big role.

    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
      quiet_horse's comment 25 Jun 2019

      Hi quiet_horse!

      We had the same issue with plastic cutlery as well, we initially had metal cutlery, and then they switched. I complained about it and the school has moved back to using reusable metal ones. So I just thought you and your friends could speak to your teachers and tell them what you think and they may change. I do think even these small changes are important and make a big difference.

      1. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
        creative_sparrow's comment 26 Jun 2019

        Hey creative_sparrow
        Thanks for replying. I would take that idea to school tomorrow and will tell the teachers. All teachers know I’m confident in debating!☺️😉☺️😉

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg hopeful_information | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    02 Jul 2019

    rather than wasting paper on newsletters, we have made it digital

    1. Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg good_hedgehog | Streatham Wells Primary School
      hopeful_information's comment 12 Jul 2019

      We have to option of having digital or paper the digital ones get sent to your parents emails and if you parents opt for a paper one you get given it every Thursday but only five people per class ever get a paper some classes even less which is good

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg focused_measurement | Streatham Wells Primary School
    03 Jul 2019

    We try to do as much as we can to stop having too much plastic, but I think the government should be helping us stop this.

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg splendid_raccoon | John Ray Junior School
    05 Jul 2019

    I don’t really think that schools are doing enough

  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_tomato | Hanson Academy
    08 Jul 2019

    To make schools provide a change they should do differe

  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_tomato | Hanson Academy
    08 Jul 2019

    To make schools provide a change they should do different events to show climate change is serious .

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg honest_sparrow | Streatham Wells Primary School
    10 Jul 2019

    We did a blackout day because it is climate change
    listen advice
    you could try this

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg shrewd_queen | Streatham Wells Primary School
    10 Jul 2019

    I recently had sports day and my school used so much plastic for lunch time. I think it was pointless because we had sports day in our school and everything we had came in a packed lunch full of plastic. They said they did it because they were using the hall for sports day, as we have a small school, but i think we could have just taken trays with food on plates to our class room instead of using so much plastic. We also discussed in the club at our school that we didn't need to use so much electrical lights because day light is enough. somebody in my school sent a letter to the head teacher about it and now we don't use lights anymore.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      shrewd_queen's comment 10 Jul 2019

      Wow! That's great activism.

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg good_hedgehog | Streatham Wells Primary School
    11 Jul 2019

    One morning i woke up and thought do we need the lights on all the time. So i got a piece of paper and started to write a letter to my head teacher. I told her until the end of term we should have a blackout which means no light on at all we are coping really well the natural light is so much nicer than the artificial one it is way to bright. It also creates a relaxing mood and I was quite proud walking into school the next day and all the lights were off i was so proud of my self. In the massive dinner hall we have huge windows we open the curtains and it feels like the normal light. I also mentioned about what @shrewd_queen said we used so much plastic the sandwich container i think everything was plastic apart from the bag the sausage roll was in. I felt so sad seeing all this plastic being thrown away in the bin. We used to have ice cream scooped into bowls but now the cooks just put out ice cream in polystyrene cups and it is so awful and you can tell that you cant recycle it because they hang a special bin bag on the side of where you dump you leftover food. The yogurt is served in separate non reusable containers they should have a big pot full of it and scoop it into bowls it would mean a little bit extra work for the cooks but not much since we have a dishwasher which rinses dishes really quick. What my school is doing good though is that we have re-usable cutlery and cups that we fill up with re-usable jugs which i am happy about but for events we still are still not doing enough the prizes are wrapped in plastic my little brother came back with so many prizes it was incredible but way to much plastic i hated to see them all being thrown away in the bin. In our house we have not had the lights on for ages and.......................... I have gone vegetarian i am really enjoying it so far the school has really nice alternatives.
    Thanks for listening to me.


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