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Cli­mate cri­sis de­clared by 15 lo­cal schools

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A to­tal of 15 lo­cal schools have de­clared a cli­mate emer­gency

The Bath and North East Som­er­set schools in­clude St Stephen’s Pri­mary, Old­field Park In­fant and Kingswood School, as well as The Pal­la­dian Acad­emy Trust.

By declar­ing a cli­mate emer­gency it means they have pledged to put cli­mate at the heart of ev­ery­thing they do.

The schools have been sup­ported in their dec­la­ra­tions by the Schools Cli­mate Net­work (SCN), which was founded in Bath and North East Som­er­set last year.

The SCN aims to en­cour­age and sup­port all schools to re­spond to the cli­mate emer­gency. It of­fers train­ing ses­sions for teach­ers, prac­ti­cal ad­vice on re­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and a place for de­ci­sion mak­ers to share ideas and best prac­tice.

Alice Bo­den, one of the founders of the SCN, said: “Our chil­dren have had a tough six months, and it’s great to see them back at school. How­ever, chil­dren and young peo­ple are fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture as the planet heats up and car­bon diox­ide lev­els con­tinue to rise”.

Fel­low founder Coun­cil­lor Tom Davies said: “Fif­teen lo­cal schools – pri­mary and sec­ondary schools from both the state and in­de­pen­dent sec­tors – have de­clared a cli­mate emer­gency so far. This is re­ally fan­tas­tic news and we hope that the mo­men­tum will con­tinue to grow.”

Jo Marsh from the Pal­la­dian Acad­emy Trust, who has also been with the SCN from the very start, said: “The last few months have given us all a chance to pause and see what is im­por­tant.

“We want schools to join us in declar­ing a cli­mate emer­gency through a sim­ple vote at a gov­er­nors’ meet­ing. In­stead of ask­ing our­selves why, we need to ask our­selves why not?”

Schools around the coun­try will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in an up­com­ing on­line youth cli­mate sum­mit in Novem­ber, which is a week-long fes­ti­val of themed dis­cus­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties.

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