At times the news about climate change and other human-made environmental disasters can feel relentlessly depressing.
It would be quite unethical to sit and observe and leave the uneasy task of saving the planet to the next generations to come. This is where the work of our BeDifferent Team in partnership with the Eco Warriors can make a difference and implement 'change'.
We have the potential to develop positive, sustainable habits among our children that can last a lifetime and be valuable from the day that they are learned. Whether it's learning about food and hopefully growing some too, finding out about insulation or harvesting rainwater, we can open children's minds to the possibilities of doing more with less and injecting a sense of planetary purpose into their daily routines.
A litter-free school (and of course litter-free routes to school) is a good indicator of a school's commitment to caring for the environment, which is an important value of sustainable development. It's quite difficult to imagine a school that is conscious about its responsibilities to the environment, allowing litter to go unchallenged. Nobody likes to be near litter – it diminishes our lives and shouts out to all who see it: Nobody cares'.
That's why it makes such a great starting point for thinking about the contribution we can make to its community and to the wider world. Of course it's not just about picking up rubbish from the ground. Combating litter starts much further up the chain. Where has the waste come from in the first place? Who bought it or brought it? Is it part of a wider throwaway culture?
Therefore our 'BeDifferent future' is an important part of our Federation's learning philosophy and has the challenging task of teaching, engaging and developing our children's knowledge and understanding of the factors involved in climate change. We aim to give our Eco Warriors the power to start making little steps to a brighter and more sustainable future and engage everyone in our mission towards a BeDifferent future.