Eco-Schools Bermuda: Francis Patton Primary School’s Focus on Sustainability
Francis Patton Primary School first joined the Eco-Schools Bermuda Programme for the academic year 2020-21. Since their school’s property is right on the coast, the students chose to focus on the Marine and Coast pathway. While it was a difficult year for Bermuda and the world, the Francis Patton student leadership group, the Lighthouse Team, were undeterred and completed their first pathway! The Eco-Schools team was able to host special outdoor lessons for their group and even assist them with their sustainability audit; step 2 in the Eco-Schools framework. Check-out their work here!
With their newfound knowledge on this environmental element and its current threats, the students choose to fight the marine plastic pollution issue. Did you know that 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, causing severe injury and death to many marine species? (IUCN.org) The students took a stance by starting a litter-less lunch campaign to reduce the amount of trash that enters the school and dedicated their breaks to do regular cleans of the coastal railway track by the school. With a noticeable decrease in plastics in and around their school, the team celebrated and shared their success in the school newsletter. We cannot wait to see what they do next!