When creating an Action Plan, Eco-Committees choose three topics (five topics for those renewing an existing Eco-Schools Green Flag) to work on. Eco-Committees select the three (or five) topics they would like to work on from the Ten Eco-Schools topics below. Further information, project ideas, examples and useful links for each of the ten topics can be found on individual topic pages by clicking the relevant school pathway in our menu bar above.
- Biodiversity, caring for all plants, animals and insects.
- Energy, reducing energy use and investigating greener energy sources.
- Global Citizenship, working with others on local and global issues.
- Healthy Living, improving mental and physical well-being.
- Litter, taking action to reduce litter in your local area and beyond.
- Marine, protecting rivers, canals, lakes, oceans and the plants and animals that inhabit them.
- School Grounds, enhancing your learning environment.
- Transport, travelling in an environmentally-friendly manner.
- Waste, refusing, reducing, reusing, repairing and recycling.
- Water, protecting our most important natural resource.
Several of our topics are broad and have a natural overlap, for example if an Eco-Committee decided to plant lavender, this action could be used for several different topics: Biodiversity (as lavender appeals to bees); School Grounds (because the introduction of lavender improves school grounds); Healthy Living (as lavender is renowned for its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere). In this case it is entirely up to an Eco-Committee which topic they link their planting to. We have never, and would never, say to an Eco-Committee that they have linked an action or project to the wrong topic!
We also welcome actions linked to other charities, such as RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch or Wild Challenges to be used as evidence in Eco-Schools Green Flag applications. Uniquely, this enables Eco-Coordinators to collate all the amazing work their school does in one overarching management system.
Finally, a common question we are asked, is why does Eco-Schools not have a climate change or climate crisis topic? The answer to this is simple, all our topics relate to this issue in some way. By breaking this global issue into smaller ‘topics’ it helps guides young people to consider the manageable changes they can make in everyday life and helps to avoid eco-anxiety.