Eco Council

What is Eco-Schools?

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet. For over 25 years, Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple seven step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag. Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.

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At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we believe it is important for pupils to take ownership of their learning and have greater roles in school decision-making. The aim of the Eco Council is about empowering young people to lead environmental education and action in our school, local community and beyond. We want to provide

opportunities for our children to play a role in making the decisions that affect them.

How will we do this?

We are part of the Eco Schools Global Program (an international organisation which aims to empower children to drive change and improve environmental awareness) and by following their seven-step framework, that turns pupils into forward-thinking, decision-making, planet-protectors, we hope to be awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

How do we choose our Eco council?

At the beginning of every academic year, pupils can apply to become a member of the eco council. Children do this by expressing an interest to their class teacher, explaining why they would make a good Eco Councillor. Each class then hold a vote and the person with the most votes, represent their class at meetings.

Why have an Eco- council?

Firstly, our planet is already beginning to feel the catastrophic effects of climate change and plastic pollution. We want our pupils to be aware of the challenges our planet faces and will continue to face throughout their lifetimes. By giving the children a voice, we want to engage young people in conversations that provide them with the skills needed to tackle these challenges directly.

 

What happens in the meetings?

We begin each year by completing an environmental review to find out our schools successes and areas for improvement. We then use this to create an action plan for the upcoming year. Throughout the year, each Eco Councillor meets with their class to discuss ideas about changes and improvements to the school. The issues are then raised in meetings and Eco Councillors discuss how to move forward with these ideas.

 

As Eco Council, we have given ourselves the following job description

To carry out an environmental review to evaluate our school’s performance against the ten eco topics and write an action plan for the year ahead.

Follow our Eco Code by promoting environmental awareness and understanding to pupils, staff and the wider community.

Share our Eco work by organising assemblies, hold an Eco stall during key events such as Fairtrade Fortnight and collaborate together to organise fun school events and competitions.

Be reflective learners when monitoring and evaluating the impact of our Eco action.

Present our work to senior staff members within school on a regular basis.

Evaluate our action plan at the end of the year and identify our strengths and areas to improve for the following year.