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February 2022

Camden School Climate Charter - Update 

Unsure what declaring an ecological and climate crisis means? 
Declaring a climate and ecological crisis means committing to doing all that you can in your school to tackle the climate crisis. What does this look like? That's up to you!

If you're unsure, you might want to ask your school:

  • What does it mean to you?
  • How can you deliver climate action?
  • What are you already doing?
  • What charter commitments will you choose to work towards in Year One?  

The charter is about giving schools the freedom and creativity to address the climate crisis in a way that best suits the school.

Have you declared an ecological and climate crisis?
Let us know so we can promote what your school is doing through our network channels and let's encourage more schools in Camden to sign the charter and announce their declarations. 

Have you chosen your 3 charter commitments?
Get in touch and let us know which commitments you are progressing in Year One. Let's share what we're doing and how we're doing it - email us here

If you need help identifying priority areas and choosing your commitments, Think and Do can come into your school to run a Climate Connectors workshop to help establish them. Contact Think and Do here.

Have you taken a look at the Schools Climate Action Planner? Use the tool to start to build your commitments and actions into an achievable Climate Action Plan for your school. Access the tool here.

Charter signatories will begin to receive their certificates over the next week.

For more information about signing the charter, see here.

'Barrier Busters' session on Waste -
Tuesday 22 Feb, 4pm 

Join us for the next Barrier Buster session on Waste & Resources.

Our Barrier Buster sessions are a continuation of the peer support group, aimed at overcoming some of the barriers experienced by schools delivering the charter commitments

In this session, we'll be joined by Veolia to discuss: the topic of waste, in particular single-use plastic and how Veolia can support schools.

The next session is taking place on Tuesday 22 February at 4pm. See below for meeting details:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87055225986?pwd=Z3NIdS9BZm5aUjhESWJmYjN3cXZVQT09
 
Meeting ID: 870 5522 5986
Passcode: 690259

Think and Do will be leading the session in conjunction with Camden Council. If you have any issues joining, please contact Think and Do here

To view the forthcoming 'Barrier Busters' sessions view the poster here.

Camden's Beeline is buzzing... with opportunities!

Camden Meadow: would you like to help sow the Camden Meadow? Help create an acre of new wildflowers across the borough! Camden Beeline is giving away FREE annual wildflower seed packets to Camden schools.

What can you do with them? You can give them to students to:

  • plant at home in their garden
  • plant in a pot
  • plant in a communal space (with permission)
  • adopt a vacant tree pit; or
  • create a patch of wildflower at your school, or both!  

Apply for your free seeds here. Deadline is 28 February.

Free trees: would you like a new hedgerow or some young trees to re-wild an area of your school? Contact Pete from Think and Do here.

Free Nest boxes: to mark the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, C.J Wildlife have teamed up with Cameron Bespolka Trust Young Ambassadors to offer 70 schools in London a free nest box for their school grounds. For more information and to sign up, click here.

If you are interested in joining the Camden Beeline, click here.

Free food waste collection from Veolia 

Some food waste is unavoidable, but that doesn't mean it has to go into your school's general rubbish bin. 
 
Recycling food waste is good for the environment as it reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and is converted into energy and fertiliser when collected separately. It can also help to save money on your general rubbish collections, as less collections will be required. 
 
To support Camden schools to recycle more, Camden Council in partnership with Veolia, are offering a free weekly food waste recycling service from 240 litre wheelie bins. 
 
To update your waste collection Service Agreement, please contact street.environment@camden.gov.uk who can support you to hire food waste bins and schedule collection days. For payment enquiries, please contact Camden on 020 7974 3949
 
For educational support, please contact uk.ecocamden@veolia.com who can supply informational materials and deliver engaging assemblies and workshops on recycling. 

Sustainable City Awards 2022: Schools 

The Sustainable City Awards, coordinated by Global Action Plan, are seeking schools, students, teachers, school leaders or educational practioners using their voice, mobilising others and/or taking action to create sustainable change in their schools community. There are two award categories:

Sustainable School of the Year:

  • The winner will receive £2,500 funding towards the costs of continuing their sustainable school activities
School Changemaker of the Year:
  • The winner will receive £2,500 funding towards a charity/cause of their choice

How to apply?

  1. Complete nomination form by Tuesday 22 February
  2. Nominated individuals/organisations will be contacted for supporting information
  3. Shortlisted candidates notified in early April
  4. Candidates invited to attend online awards ceremony on Wednesday 11 May
For more information on eligibility and to submit an nomination, click here. Deadline 22 February.

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Tackling the climate crisis in Camden will require everyone to play their part, with all contributions valuable, no matter how big or small. Teachers have the opportunity and responsibility to educate the next generation and to encourage our future ambassadors and 'big-thinkers' on tackling climate change. 

Help spread the word about how schools can get involved with taking climate action and the support available.

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