Yesterday, on November 27, a significant event unfolded at Bishop Fitzgerald Upper Primary School as ‘ClimAct’ presented awards to several schools for their outstanding environmental initiatives. The ceremony, attended by Minister John Cortes and Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia, recognized the commendable efforts of various educational institutions in promoting sustainability.
The following schools were honored during the ceremony: – St. Bernard’s Lower Primary School – St. Anne’s Upper Primary School – St. Mary’s Lower Primary School – Bishop Fitzgerald Upper Primary School – Bayside School – Gibraltar College of Further Education – St. Paul’s Lower Primary School – Westside School – Hebrew Primary School – St. Christopher’s School – St. Joseph’s Upper Primary School – Notre Dame Lower Primary School – St. Bernard’s Upper Primary School – Governor’s Meadow Primary School – St. Joseph’s Lower Primary School. Each of these schools received recognition for their environmentally-friendly initiatives through the ClimACT awards, marking a significant shift from a previous EU initiative.
ClimACT, initiated nearly five years ago, initially under the European-funded ClimACT project managed by the University of Gibraltar, has evolved into ClimACT Schools Gibraltar. This movement involves educators from local schools, the advisory team, the Department of the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change, the University of Gibraltar, and local NGOs. ClimACT Schools is committed to empowering teachers and educating children about sustainable practices related to climate change and the conservation of our natural environment. The awards structure, developed through extensive meetings and workshops, classifies schools into Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond categories based on credits gained from various projects, policies, and environmental initiatives.
Educators within ClimACT Schools are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment that minimizes anxiety and channels positive energy for change. By facilitating discussions and acknowledging students’ concerns about climate change, educators guide children toward constructive solutions. The curriculum emphasizes age-appropriate information, critical thinking, and teamwork, aiming to highlight successes and positive changes resulting from collective efforts. The awards ceremony becomes a celebration of the positive changes that schools have been part of, reinforcing the idea that individual and collective actions make a difference.
As Gibraltar’s schools continue to contribute to environmental awareness, we conclude with a call to action, urging everyone to adopt a sustainable mindset in their daily lives. The event stands as a testament to the dedication of educators, students, and the community at large in shaping a greener and more environmentally conscious future.