At Channing we care about sustainability.
We have officially declared a Climate Emergency at Channing.
By declaring a climate emergency we recognise that climate change is a serious threat to the world and commit to act quickly to mitigate some of the consequences. Channing students and staff have announced that, in our small part of North London, we want to make a difference. We have heeded calls to action from the likes of Sir David Attenborough: “We’re at a tipping point… If we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies. We’re running out of time, but there’s still hope” and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “Now we know what must be done… by everybody, everywhere, every single day, doing everything we possibly can.”
Our commitment to becoming a more sustainable school impacts on many different aspects of school life. Our Student Eco Group, made up of representatives from every form in the school work closely with other students, teachers and the Senior Leadership team. They have recently been awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag.
Pupils at Channing have earned this international accreditation, recognising their amazing work in making our school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow pupils.
We are promoting a number of green initiatives such as ‘leave your car at home’ days, second hand clothes sales, recycling of paper, food and batteries, and more sustainable practice for long haul trips including carbon offset.
Channing also supports national environmental charities and initiatives such as the RSPB Big School Birdwatch, Just One Tree Day and Seaful, and local initiatives with other schools such as the London Schools Environmental Network and Fast Fashion Free February with Highgate School.
We recognise that becoming more sustainable will take time effort and substantial commitment across the school. Our plans are very much work in progress at the moment and we look forward to further developing these with the involvement of our whole school community.