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Ten schools in Aberdeenshire recognised with Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status

By Kirsty Brown

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Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to award ten schools in Aberdeenshire with an Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The international award recognises nurseries and schools which have demonstrated a commitment to the Eco-Schools Scotland programme and over two years have engaged their whole school community in local climate action.

The schools are: Kintore Primary School, Strathdon Primary School, The Gordon Schools, Troup House School, Clerkhill Primary School, Crathes School, Crathie Primary School, Dales Park Primary School, King Edward School and Kintore Primary School.

All the schools took part in a variety of fantastic litter-busting and climate action activities including litter picks, litter surveys, recycling and community clean ups.

Through the Eco-Schools Scotland programme, Keep Scotland Beautiful aims to make action to tackle climate change and environmental awareness an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of schools, for both pupils and for staff.

The programme provides a framework to engage the wider school community in climate action aligned with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.

To complete the Green Flag journey each school has a choice of ten topics to engage with, from climate action, to food and the environment, to litter, to energy.

The schools also choose one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to link their Eco-Schools work to.

Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful Catherine Gee said: “I’d like to congratulate the Eco-Committee, pupils and staff at each of these schools, who have stepped up to play their part in combatting climate change and achieve their Green Flag Award.

"It’s great to hear about the progress schools have made towards their Green Flags – up and down the country, pupils and staff are working hard growing, litterpicking and learning.

"Thousands have also engaged with our live lessons recently and the next, on Water, is coming up on June 6 and June 10.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting all our children, young people and educators through our Climate Action Schools activities to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required to protect our planet and work towards our goal of a Net Zero future.”

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