A scheme encouraging young people to take the lead on environmental projects is changing habits, growing leaders – and saving schools money

At the Manchester Creative and Media Academy, six year 10 students have just done an environmental audit of their school. They conducted interviews with staff and other pupils, inspected what was already being done, and examined energy policies. From this they have planned campaigns on recycling and litter – with specific targets – to make their school greener, all while studying for their GCSEs.

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Sustainability is one side of it. The other is the soft skills such as communication and building confidence

There are enough teachers out there who care about this stuff – and enough students willing to take on these projects

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