Pioneering Climate Change Programme Planned for Schools
Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) – the coalition of organisations and citizens working to reduce Winchester’s carbon footprint - has received funding to develop a pioneering educational programme aimed at schools and colleges in Winchester district. Robert Hutchison, Chairman of WinACC, says ‘Following consultation with teachers in secondary schools and colleges, it is clear that there is both a need and a demand for programmes that fully engage with teenagers on the complex and urgent issue of climate change’.
WinACC is joining forces with the Centre for Global Awareness (formerly the Hampshire Development Education Centre) to establish a Winchester Sustainable Schools and Colleges Forum which will bring together teachers providing education on sustainability issues, including climate change, for children and young people between 11 and 19. WinACC has recently been awarded a grant of £8,000 from the Ernest Cook Trust to develop its educational programme, and a further grant of £2,500 from Southern Co-operative Society towards organising a ‘low carbon weekend’.
Robert Hutchison says ‘WinACC hopes to appoint an educational co-ordinator who will have the job of organising imaginative low carbon days tailored to the needs and interests of 16-19 year olds. These low carbon days will be organised in partnership with relevant teachers and lecturers in schools and colleges and fully integrated into the students’ curricula. Having attended a low carbon day it is hoped that participants will have:
• increased their understanding of the climate change challenge, as well as of their own personal carbon footprint and how to reduce it;
• discussed the benefits of low carbon living.
• taken part in workshops to enable them to plan new activities and action to contribute to the development of a low carbon society.
‘I hope we will develop a close working partnership with Sparsholt College and Peter Symonds College – as well as the secondary schools in Winchester district – to take this work forward. It is an exciting expansion of the work we have done so far. Headline after headline is shouting the evidence that climate change is accelerating – WinACC looks forward to engaging more fully with schools and colleges to develop appropriate educational programmes which in turn will lead to more effective action to cut our carbon emissions’.
Notes to Editors:
• For further information, please contact, Robert Hutchison, 01962-870082.