Yorkshire: VIPs join academy schools to celebrate Earth Day 2022


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St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust, which covers 17 schools across Yorkshire – two secondary and 15 primary – was joined by a host of famous faces and remarkable individuals at the Earth Day 2022 celebration last week. (Officially, Earth Day falls on April 22, 2022. As this date falls during the schools’ Easter holidays, St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust celebrated the day earlier, on March 31.)

Last year, the Trust was the only academic group in Yorkshire to feature on the global Earth Day map, highlighting its dedication to environmental protection. This year is no exception, as the Trust continues to ensure that climate change – as the government plans for 2023 – is at the “heart of education”. Climate change has been at the heart of the Trust’s program since its inception in 2019. Outstanding successes to date have been recognized with the Department of Education’s Sustainable Schools Award as well as individual schools’ Green Flag accreditations.

Margaret Land, Sustainable Development Manager at SMCCAT, said: “Every day is ‘Earth Day’ for the students and staff of St Margaret Clitherow, as we continue to work for the national 2030 ‘Let’s Go Zero’ campaign. “.

“The theme for Earth Day this year is ‘Investing in our Planet’, and our schools are continuing their commitment to protecting the planet by planting trees, picking up litter, raking beaches, making bird feeders and helping wildlife to thrive.”

Ahead of World Earth Day on April 22 – which falls during the school holidays – the Trust has lined up an impressive array of speakers and environmentalists, one for each of the 17 individual schools, to visit on Thursday March 31. As well as WWF ambassador and Cold Feet actor Cel Spellman and Mike Green, COO of the Department for Education, offering their words of support via video, other keynote speakers included Britain’s leading scientist sea ​​ice, a marine biologist, a beekeeper, a flood control specialist, and a waterproof protector!

Key organizations including Surfers Against Sewage, The Woodland Trust, University of York, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and climate solutions charity, Ashden – who run the nationwide ‘Let’s Go Zero’ schools campaign – also visited schools, as well as the main household names: Octopus Energy, Nestlé and Harmony Energy.

Amy Rice, CEO of St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust, said: “Sustainability has always been at the heart of everything we do as a Trust, from investing in a dedicated sustainability leader , to integrate it into our program, to integrate it into our decision… doing, in addition to being one of the first Trusts to adopt the “Let’s Go Zero” commitment.

“With the ambitious mission to become the first net zero trust academy in the UK, schools are looking forward to celebrating all that they have achieved over the past 12 months, as well as their exciting plans for the year to come. to come.”

Schools marked the start of their Earth Day celebrations with a live virtual call from Arctic scientist Professor Peter Wadhams, credited with being one of the first scientists to show that the ice that covered once the Arctic Ocean began to thin and shrink.To learn more about the Trust, visit: www.smccat.org.uk.

Let’s Go Zero is a coalition of organizations coordinated by climate solutions charity Ashden. The Let’s Go Zero 2030 vision, formulated in groups and with young people, is as follows: 1. All young people receive a solid climate education and leave school ready to engage in zero carbon jobs and lifestyles. 2. The UK school estate is being modernized, driving the growth of local green jobs and skills and adapting to climate change to improve resilience to extreme weather conditions. 3. All new school buildings constructed will be net zero carbon from 2022. See a map of Let’s Go Zero schools here: https://letsgozero.org/schools/

Keywords: Earth Day, Yorkshire, Cel Spellman, Mike Green, Amy Rice, St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

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