On the 17th March, St John’s Academy in Perth became Scotland’s 2000th school to win the prestigious Green Flag making a world record for Scotland. The Green Flag is the top award in the global sustainable schools scheme. You’ve probably seen these flags outside your local school. Making the presentation, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
‘I am delighted to present St John’s Academy with its Green Flag and congratulate all of the pupils and school staff on becoming our 2000th Eco School, making Scotland an international leader through all their hard work. It is especially impressive when you learn about how the Eco Group built up its numbers, encouraging children from nursery through to secondary, as well as school staff, to think more about their impact on the environment and how they could make positive changes within their school.’
The Scottish Government is funding the scheme, which now connects over 15 million pupils and teachers, across 64 countries, who plant vegetables, recycle waste and adopt Fairtrade and Rights Respecting policies in the school’s daily practice and activities.
As of 15th March, with ten times the population so presumably ten times the number of schools, England had only 1059 Eco-Schools.
I’ve already reported Scotland’s success in Fair Trade at:
No doubt the English Tories have some reason to neglect this scheme as they do Fair Trade activities, in the above report.