We offer an environmental education programe called ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ Sustainable Solutions for Schools. This programme saves schools money, makes money and reduces C02 emissions. We also offer FREE (to West Sussex primary schools) whole school assemblies and lessons for KS2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors.
Bought to you by Sussex Green Living in partnership with Bags of Support an ethical West Sussex based textile recycling company. Our mission to financially help schools, provide environmental education, lessen carbon footprints and the effects of climate change.
This is a free programme for primary schools, regardless whether they are run by the council, an academy or independent. We offer:
• FREE whole school assemblies and lessons for KS 2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors.
• Fundraising through textile recycling with environmental and social benefits.
• Introduction to the Ashden – LESS C02 energy efficiency programme for school management. Schools that take part save on average £2,600 and 10 tons of carbon in their first year.
• Linked to the Sustainable Development Goals - Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 13 Climate Action. Curriculum links – citizenship, geography, English and science.
Who are we?
Bags of Support – Fundraising and C02 reduction through recycling
Bags of Support is a West Sussex ethical textile recycling initiative. They reduce the volume of textiles sent to landfill, raise money for schools and provide financial support and clothing donations to orphanages in Uganda and Romania. To arrange for a textile collection contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01403 710498 or 07917 797084.
Sussex Green Living – FREE school wide assemblies & KS 2 lessons
Sussex Green Living is an environmental awareness and education initiative. Working in collaboration with Bags of Support, we offer advice on many solutions to raise money, save money and we delivery FREE school wide assemblies and KS 2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors. These sessions in schools offer unique and thought provoking opportunities which help children understand how humanity is affecting Planet Earth. We give them practical and simple solutions which they can implement through everyday living which will make a difference. If the school would like to start raising money through textile recycling we focus on the environmental effects of the fashion industry. This is the second most polluting industry to the oil and gas industry.
We aim to inspire and empower every child to make more sustainable choices and encourage one world living, now and for future generations. Carrie Cort, who delivers the assemblies and workshops, trained as a Climate Reality Leader with the former US Vice President Al Gore.
There are two versions of the FREE lessons available:
1. Energy Eco Warriors
Children will use their numeracy and science skills through exploration of data associated with climate change, carbon emissions and energy use. They study non-renewable and renewable energy and the associated environmental impacts.
The knowledge gained is taken back into the community through a home challenge and quizzes. The lessons learnt show communities how to be a leader in energy management, saving money, creating less carbon, and wasting less of the world’s precious resources – truly heroic actions!
2. Textile Eco Warriors
In this assembly and lesson the children learn why we need textile eco warriors. Using fun and interactive videos and activities we explore the effects of the textile industry on the climate, we study the atmosphere and carbon cycle, sustainable and unsustainable materials and ways we can help the environment through repair, reuse, charity shops and recycling.
Carrie Cort has run two morning workshops for Yr 3 and Yr 4 and one morning for Yr 5 and Yr 6, the workshop themes were ‘Dreaming of a Healthy Planet’, ‘The Future We Want’ and ‘Green Inventors’. Through a combination of engaging hands on activities, informative PowerPoints and videos, children have been introduced to Green issues that affect them. The workshops have really made the children reflect on the impact modern life has on the environment and the need to change behaviour to protect their future. They produced work, including a letter to their M.P., which gave them a chance to voice their concerns.
Mrs Constable – Teacher of Yr 3 and Yr 4
Quotes from children attending the workshops:
“I learnt about an inventor who at 17 came up with the idea of an incredible ship which sucks plastic out of the sea, by 22 his idea was out there helping clear up the sea plastic. That really inspired me”
“I now know that people are making incredible new things out of rubbish, actually I now call it waste resources”.
“I did not realise that humans are using so many resources and that there is a limited supply, now I really understand why we must use less and recycle”.
“I loved inventing a wind powered car out of a Pringle tube, 4 CDs, 2 sticks, 1 straw and a balloon”.
Other testimonials can be read here.
Take action your planet needs you!
To discuss this programme, set up textile recycling which would help raise much needed funds for your school and reduce carbon emissions, arrange a date for a whole school assembly and some ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02′ lessons for year 4, 5 and or 6 contact Carrie or call 07768 212833.
Other green school sessions can be seen here.
Sussex Green Living is a social community environmental awareness initiative. Our constitution is available on request. Introducing our committee members:
Patron: Paul Bellringer OBE
Chairperson: Jenny Edwards Business Coach & Climate Reality Leader
Secretary & Communications Officer: Carrie Cort & Climate Reality Leader
Treasurer: Sarah Bamsey
Volunteers on this programme include:
Jill Shuker: Trained in 2012 as a WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor
Karrie Mellor: Founder of Bags of Support (West Sussex ethical textile recycling company)
Lots of other Climate Reality Leaders
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Former President Of South Africa