DESPITE some of the coldest conditions in the past few decades, Solihull’s Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School came out in force to become the next generation of ’Climate Cops’.
Hosted by npower, the Climate Cops programme is helping schools across the UK to become greener and more sustainable.
Over 65 pupils, in Year 5 at the school were involved in the Climate Cops Academy which helps children learn how to become greener at home and in school in a fun way. The highly interactive day filled with activities included generating electricity with body movement, working with miniature examples of renewable energy sources and using thermal imaging cameras to see how much heat is emitted from the human body and the effects of insulation.
Solihull Council has been working closely with npower for over 12 months on the Climate Cops programme, helping schools in Solihull to become greener and more sustainable.
The scheme follows the Government’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools and forms a key part of npower’s Brighter Futures Programme which aims to inspire young people from the first day at school to the first day at work and brings under one umbrella, npower’s education programmes.
The Climate Cops programme can also provide schools with ‘green makeovers’, including free energy audits, helping to implement tailor-made energy efficiency measures to reduce a school’s carbon footprint.
Leader of Solihull Council, Councillor Ken Meeson said: “This is an important and timely issue, which is why we are supporting our schools to be not only good, improving and inclusive schools but also to become sustainable schools.
“It is the small things we can all do that add up to making a big difference and we hope this programme will work with other schools in the city to help reduce overall the amount of energy used.”
Head teacher Bart O’Shea added: “The Climate Cops Academy has taught the children about climate change and saving energy in a really fun, engaging way. They’ve learnt some simple ways to conserve energy that will make a big difference to the school, their homes and the environment.”
This year, 10 other schools and over 700 children in the Solihull area will experience Climate Cops Academies including; Sharmans Cross Juniors, Bentley Health C of E, Coppice Juniors, St Patrick’s C of E and Yew Tree Primary. Schools that have already benefited from the initiative are: Marston Green Juniors, Monkspath Juniors, Chapel Fields Juniors, Haslucks Green Juniors and Our Lady of Compassion RC Primary School.
Teachers and children can go to the Climate Cops website at www.climatecops.com for downloadable activities.