Education Assembly connects action groups with schools

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The Naturesave Trust awarded Sustainable South Hams a grant to support their ‘Taking Action Together’ Assembly, held on Saturday 20th April 2024 at Kinsgbridge Community College.

Sustainable South Hams is a district-wide networking organisation that connects, supports and inspires action for climate and nature. ‘Taking Action Together’, the third assembly run by Sustainable South Hams, brought together 100 representatives from community groups, organisations, education settings, projects and local councils to explore how to collaborate effectively and how to help schools reach their sustainability goals.
The main driving force behind the event was the national government strategy for sustainability in schools, which stipulates that education establishments need to have a climate action plan and a climate lead in place by 2025. To support this, the event showcased successful collaborative projects already happening in the South Hams so that other schools, community groups and organisations could learn from these great examples and work together towards these climate action plans and
other sustainability initiatives.

Attendees at the event had the opportunity to hear from inspiring keynote speakers, engage in dynamic discussions, participate in interactive workshops, and network over lunch with like-minded individuals committed to advancing sustainability efforts in the South Hams. Topics explored on the day included young people’s attitudes to climate change in schools, barriers to teaching climate change, creatively engaging communities with climate and nature, national policies and campaigns to help schools reach net zero, successful school sustainability projects, talking about climate change to our wider communities and how to stay hopeful and resilient.

The grant awarded by the Naturesave Trust helped to fund the research and delivery of the event including venue hire, catering costs, publicity and marketing, workshop fees and staff costs. Organiser and Director of Sustainable South Hams Rosa Hannaford said: “We are extremely grateful for the grant from The Naturesave Trust that enabled this event to take place. This assembly was a welcome first step in a wider conversation about how we connect schools and community groups more effectively
to amplify action for climate and nature. It was great to see such a mix of organisations, groups, projects, educators and representatives from local government come together on the day – it made for a rich conversation with lots of ideas and knowledge shared, and many new connections made.”

Sustainable South Hams is a CIC district-wide networking organisation that connects, supports and inspires action for climate and nature. You can learn more about their work here.