School Climate Charter – Share your views

News – Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

The Camden Schools Climate Charter is a local framework to empower schools to play their part in making Camden a zero-carbon borough by 2030. Signatories of the charter will declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency and commit to taking action to contribute to addressing it in line with the Camden Climate Action Plan 2020-2025.

The charter also advocates strengthening links between schools and local businesses to share expertise and resources that enable those involved to be more effective in their efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The Charter covers 12 areas of action including: single-used plastics, waste, food, transport, energy, biodiversity and working with others. Commitments fall into two distinctive areas:

  • As educators, you will be committing to teaching young people to be environmentally literate and to develop their knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to practice and promote sustainability at school and in their community
  • As organisations, you will commit to ensuring any decisions you make around managing our premises, purchasing goods and managing resources and waste, take into account their impact on the environment, and will adopt sustainable practices wherever possible.

The charter will be launched at a school conference early next year.

Share your views

The draft charter has been put together based on the sustainability work we have been doing in schools in the last couple of years. Teachers members of the peer support network have shared their views on the current draft. We want to make sure the charter truly reflects the needs and aims of schools in the borough, therefore we are keen to hear from all members of the school community, including senior management, regarding the content of the charter, its relevance to the school mission and whether schools have the interested and capacity to deliver such commitment.

Please submit any comments to Carlos.queremel@camden.gov.uk

Download draft document: Camden Schools Climate Charter