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Launch for Bristol Green Capital Schools

Bristol is the first ever European Green Capital to launch a dedicated sustainability schools programme

Posted by Hannah Oakman | May 07, 2015 | Sustainability

The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, officially launched the new programme on ‘Keen to be Green Day’, inviting pupils at St Barnabas Primary School in Montpelier to be the first to take part in free sustainability workshops.

The free sessions, led by Bristol 2015, are open to all Key Stage 2 children in the city and cover each of the city’s sustainability themes, including energy, food, nature, resources and transport.

Mayor George Ferguson said: “There is no better way to drive change and make our city greener than by capturing the imagination of our children and empowering them to do something different – creating a real 2015 legacy for Bristol and beyond.”

Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 said: “Keen to be Green represents one of the year’s principal legacy projects and we’d like to invite all Bristol primary schools to get involved. Our schools are a vital part of the city and we want to support them to become greener and save money along the way.”

The Keen to be Green programme involves an assembly and lessons delivered by expert providers. The energy workshop has been designed by Code Club and Aardman and involves a fun computer coding lesson with Shaun the Sheep; the interactive food lesson, by the Food for Life Partnership, Myrtle Theatre Company and Bristol Healthy Schools, uses creative writing and drama to teach children where food comes from; Avon Wildlife Trust’s nature session uses science investigations and games to explore our city’s wildlife; the resources workshop, delivered by Resource Futures, addresses the impact waste has on our planet; and a numeracy session from Sustrans uses data to explore how children travel to school.

Throughout the year Bristol 2015 will be working with children from Bristol schools to create video documentaries on some of the reasons why the city won European Green Capital and what more can be achieved to become a healthier, happier city. The virtual field trips will be shared online from September alongside a range of quality resource designed to support teachers nationwide.

Schools can find out more information and book workshops online at www.bristol2015.co.uk/schools.

Image credit - Bristol City Council

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