Over the year our environmental leaders have been working on a significant project around water with our partner schools; Backwell school in Bristol and Angoreb School in Ethiopia. Over last year they looked at the water they used and shared their results with one another. This included such things as how much water they used in bathing, showering, washing up and washing clothes.
The results were startling with a huge differences between the two schools in England and our Ethiopian partner which reflected the very different cultures and the precious nature of clean water in Africa.
This recently culminated in the first Green is Global International student and Head teachers conference held over three days in Cornwall. Student ambassadors from 10 Cornish schools met with their student partners from all over the world at the Eden project for two days of workshops and activities around the theme of sustainability. This included discussions with Antony Jinman, the polar explorer, on the affects of climate change on polar icecaps, exploration of alternative energy with Camp Kernow and musical dance with the Pearl of Africa Ugandan Youth Choir.
Whilst the students attended the workshops, head teachers from the global schools involved met and discussed how they could encourage a more sustainable culture through education and the responsibilities they had as leaders for the future.
During the evening of the second day the students all gathered for an informal cultural event with local bands and a chance for the students to show off their own talents with the Green is Global talent contest. This included Indian dance and European singing with French and English students performing together.
The third day was held at County Hall in Truro where all the delegates came together to share the findings of their joint projects and give a statement of intent for the future pledging action and change as they return to their home countries.
The whole experience was amazing with over 150 students from different cultures and backgrounds meeting and sharing their cultural experiences and discussing a common global approach to future sustainability for all. Within an hour students were talking freely with each other, finding huge amounts in common and by the end of the conference passing contact details to each other and wishing each other well until the next time.
Green is Global now goes from strength to strength with the next event to be held in October next year and the Green is Global website becoming a hub for shared global partnerships and projects around sustainability. Penryn College and its leaders are extremely proud to be a founding school for the project and hope that many more schools across the world join us as associate members to create a single point where schools globally can share their sustainable activities and learn from each.
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