Top Tips for your Eco Club
Winter, believe it or not is a great time of year to think about your Eco Club, most schools only run Eco Projects in the summer and this is such a wasted opportunity. This time of year, there are lots of extra things about, it’s a time of year when we’re thinking more about getting new things and lets about recycling or reusing; at this time of year it’s easy to be wasteful. This makes it perfect for some winter Eco Club projects or some class recycling projects.
How do I get started?
Choose an issue:
It’s might be best to start by choosing an eco-issue to champion. This could be looking at food waste, donating extra food to a food bank or even materials such as wrapping paper or even recycling old toys after the holidays. Organise a meeting with your Eco Council and discuss what matters most to them, this will help in the long run for a few reasons:
- It makes the issue active rather than passive, no one enjoys decisions being made for them.
- Your Council will be more driven if it’s an issue that they had a say in, even if their idea wasn’t chosen.
- It’s important that children understand why this an issue, we have made some Eco Council launch ideas that you might find helpful they are available here.
The next step should be to raise awareness around the school, this is arguable the purpose of a good Eco Club. Whether raising awareness of recycling and disposing of their litter in the correct way or of the issues that you have chosen. There are plenty of ways to raise the awareness of an issue and give an all-important voice to your students.
- Assemblies that introduce the idea, but make sure your council present follow-up assemblies to update the school.
- Advertise the issue around the school, this could be physical flyers and posters or using the school’s digital signage.
- A section on the website or even an Eco Club blog that gives regular updates is very powerful.
- Could a couple of Eco Council members from each class take a few minutes to present to their class during lesson time or at the end of the day.
- Link up with the school gardening or wildlife club.
- Link up with community groups such as the Wildlife Trust as well as Scout and Guide Groups.
Check the impact
To ensure that these changes last and are more powerful to the children make sure there is opportunity to follow up, this ties in with raising awareness. Having a follow-up assembly celebrating the change and the benefits to the school, local area and the environment is a very good way to continue the momentum. Using the school website or a blog/vlog also makes the process more real for the children, the more real this is the better the engagement from the Council as well as the school; it’s also great for parental engagement!
Starting and running an Eco Club is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, especially when they have chosen an issue to champion as this is when the adults leading the club really just facilitate and guide rather than decide. There’s nothing wrong with providing guidance for your Club, or even deciding an issue that they will work on especially if its topical, a school priority or even it may make sense depending on the time of year. Allowing the children to discuss, have a say and champion an issue can have a real impact and can be more exciting for you as the Eco Club Leader.
The Reschool Team