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St. George's Head of Science is Channel Islands' first UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher

13/09/19

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We are extremely proud to let you know that Andrea Lathwell, our Head of Science, has become the first Climate Change Teacher on the island to be officially accredited by the United Nations!

Mrs Lathwell can now deliver up-to-date climate action lessons to all pupils at St. George’s Preparatory School and plans to share Best Practice during a specially arranged ‘Positive Climate Action Day’ to be held during the spring term. The day will involve all teaching staff as well as pupils, so that they too can take part in this innovative programme currently being trialled throughout the world.

Mrs Lathwell has this to say about the accreditation:
‘I completed the course over the summer break as I’m very keen to ensure that St. George’s is at the forefront of positive climate change action. Understanding all the issues behind climate change is essential to be able to identify where behaviour change would be most effective. During the course, I learnt in detail about the effects of climate change that are already evident and became even more motivated to mitigate it where we can for future generations. I shall be bringing this knowledge into the science curriculum at St. George’s across all age groups to ensure we’re identifying opportunities to look after our world wherever we can.’

Mr Timothy, has this to say:
‘As a School, we are very aware of our responsibility to lead by example, and to educate ourselves so that we can help the future generations in our care to make positive, lasting changes for the benefit of our island and planet. Our motto is ‘Preparing Children for Life’ and this works on several levels. It’s vital that we help pupils to see themselves as citizens of the world with an ability and a responsibility to make a positive difference for themselves and others in the way they live their lives. I’m extremely proud that Mrs Lathwell is the first officially UN accredited climate change teacher in the Channel Islands and as a school we will do all we can to support her in passing on her knowledge to help us all to affect positive change.’

St. George’s has also signed up to support a Climate Emergency Declaration, committing to take defined actions against climate change. This includes writing letters to local politicians, encouraging zero emissions transport to and from school, planting more trees and spreading the word amongst the wider school community to ensure changes are long-lasting and taking place both within and beyond the school grounds.

The more of us that take part in accreditation schemes like this, the more effective our changes will be. Anyone wishing to sign up to the course for educators can visit: https://www.educcateglobal.org/

Any schools wishing to sign up to the official ‘Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation in Action’ can find details at: www.cedamia.org/schools