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Has your school signed up to be zero carbon?

Over 2,000 schools teaching 1 million students are supporting the Let’s Go Zero Campaign, declaring their ambition to be zero carbon by 2030 and demonstrating the huge demand for change.

In just over two years, Let’s Go Zero has successfully united these schools in calling for change and supported them to take action to lower their environmental impacts in the here and now.

The campaign, overseen by climate solutions charity Ashden, was started in November 2020, taking inspiration from the Fridays for Future youth climate marches. It aims to show government and policy makers the growing demand for change, as well as support and showcase the fantastic actions lots of schools are already taking to get to zero.

Alex Green, Let’s Go Zero Programme Lead said:

“We are delighted to have reached the one million student mark in the Let’s Go Zero campaign. Since we launched just two years ago, we’ve been blown away by the innovation, commitment and willingness of school leaders, teachers, and particularly students to take action to move their schools towards being zero carbon – by retrofitting their schools, saving energy, reducing waste, protecting the biodiversity in their school grounds, encouraging walking or cycling to school, or buying school resources from local and sustainable sources.”

Becoming zero carbon will require government support so the Let’s Go Zero campaign also supports schools through its policy work.

With new sign-ups by schools every day, the campaign is expected to have the support of 3,000 schools by the end of 2023.

Image: Children from South Molton Community School, North Devon, cooking food grown in the school garden. Credit: South Molton School