Northern Ireland schools join “eco” scheme

All schools in a Northern Irish constituency have joined a scheme which encourages “green” action, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister claimed yesterday. He praised schools from Newry and Armagh for getting […]

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By Vicky Ellis

All schools in a Northern Irish constituency have joined a scheme which encourages “green” action, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister claimed yesterday.

He praised schools from Newry and Armagh for getting involved in the Eco-Schools Programme.

Mark H. Durkan said: “The fact that every school in Newry and Armagh is actively working towards getting the international Green Flag Award is testament to how important the environment is to young people.”

Nearly all (98%) of schools across Northern Ireland are now part of the international scheme.

It advises reducing waste and litter, improving the school environment and reducing energy and water use.

Eco-Schools Green Flag is an eco-label for environmental education and is awarded to schools meeting the international standard in countries ranging from Brazil, China and most of Europe to Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan and the USA.