GREEN MSP VISITS LOCAL SCHOOL STRIVING FOR TOP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

On Wednesday 5th September, Lothians MSP Robin Harper will visit Carricknowe Primary School with the South African Eco-Schools Co-ordinator, Caroline Conway Physick, Kate
Campbell, the Manager of Eco Schools Scotland and Morag Watson of WWF Scotland who has visited Eco Schools projects in South Africa. (1)

Take up amongst Edinburgh’s primary schools is very high and Carricknowe Primary School will be assessed for their first Green Flag, the top eco-schools award, on 12th September.

Robin Harper said “Carricknowe Primary School has done a huge amount of work and deserves to be congratulated.  Both the primary and nursery departments deserve recognition for the effort they have put in.  They have embraced the opportunities
and benefits that being an Eco-School brings.  There is no better example of this than the way in which they have cut their waste – by 51kg a day!  I shall certainly keep my fingers
crossed for them on 12th September.”

Robin Harper has visited eco schools across Scotland over the last 7 years, and visited Williamsburg Eco – school in Johannesburg during the World Environment Conference in 2002. He believes that this programme should receive funding to enable it to expand further, and remain a key part of the Sustainable Education strategy the Government should be pursuing.

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For further details contact Sally Cowburn or Alison Johnstone in Robin Harper’s office on 0131 348 6421

For information on the Eco-Schools Award Scheme see www.ecoschoolsscotland.org

(1)WWF Scotland will be represented by Morag Watson who spent time in South Africa learning how they integrate social, economic and environmental issues in a joined-up way.  In South Africa, WWF provide funds to help run the South African Eco Schools programme, which has been running since 2003 and has 838 schools involved in the programme.