We are trying to do our bit to help with the climate emergency that has been announced by many countries, including the UK.
We are trying to reduce our environmental impact and support Northumberland County Council's Carbon Zero goal of net zero by 2030.
We want to make a difference to our practice, provision, personal lives and the lives of the children and families we care for.
Information on how Northumberland County Council are trying tackle Climate Change can be found here:
What are we doing at Seahouses Primary School?
Our first target for our Sustainable Futures project is to compost our waste from snack time. The children are working together to make sure we put our food waste from snack time into our class compost bin and then out to the one in the garden.
The children have taken on the responsibility of taking out our food waste each day.
We aim to filter this out to the rest of the school and start composting the food waste from lunch time.
2) Saving electricity by turning lights off
Our second area we have chosen to focus on is switching lights off around school when they are not in use.
Turning off the lights when you leave your room can help save energy. It can also help reduce carbon emission and other harmful greenhouse gases. Hence, turning off your lights is a simple way to help protect the environment and save the planet.
Turning off your lights will also help reduce the use of non-renewable resources that are harmful to the environment. You can turn off the lights during the day especially if you don’t need them. You can also turn off your appliances to help reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet.
3) Clothes Recycling
We decided to become part of the 'School Connect' project, which is a North East based project which deals with the recycling and redistribution of old clothing.
All clothing donated will be reused or recycled, and help to stop as much textile waste going into landfill. Items can be donated at any time via the clothing bank situated outside the main entrance. (Please ensure that all donations are bagged.)
4) Growing our own food
At Seahouses Primary School we are trying to become more sustainable by growing our own produce. We have been successful in growing potatoes, lettuce, corn, carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, tomatoes and a variety of herbs.
We really appreciate the value of teaching children how food it grown and where it comes from. We also understand the importance of being more self-efficient and the positive impact this can have on our planet.
We look forward to experimenting growing more fruit and vegetables throughout the year and we certainly look forward to eating our produce!
As a result of our efforts to become more sustainable we have been awarded a 'sustainability award' from Northumberland County Council.