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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Next generation equipped to tackle climate change

THE next generation in Dumfries and Galloway are going to be well-equipped to tackle climate change, thanks to a massive eco drive in schools.

Learning for sustainability (LfS) is a cross-curricular approach which enables pupils, educators, schools and their wider communities to build a sustainable and equitable society.

And the work being done across the region’s schools in support of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s climate change emergency is paying off.

A learning for sustainability report provides an update on achievements between June 2022 and June 2023.

It states: “Across Dumfries and Galloway we have 69 schools that have achieved their bronze Rights Respecting Schools award, 26 who have attained silver and six gold.

“Since June 2022, 26 schools have gained eco schools green flags status, 18 have engaged in Climate Ready Classroom, 13 have entered Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Pocket Garden competition – and five have won.”

Education director Gillian Brydson says that learning for sustainability in the region’s school buildings and grounds is “an important part of our whole school approach.”

She wrote: “Our asset plan will prioritise sustainability with challenging energy targets, Net Zero approaches to building, digital hubs, flexible learning spaces, play based approaches and outdoor classrooms featuring explicitly within our plans to develop our environments for learning.”

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