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Watch: Sustainability charity Energy Sparks teams up with Highland schools to save energy and fight climate change through access to its online energy education programme


By Scott Maclennan

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The Highland Council is working with sustainability charity Energy Sparks to offer schools access to online energy analysis tool and energy education programme.

Energy Sparks supports primary and secondary pupils, staff, and the wider school community to reduce their school’s carbon emissions and make a real contribution to addressing the climate emergency.

It comes with a briefing video outlining some of the key concepts to saving energy and more information about the Get Energised to save electricity with Energy Sparks campaign.

The move was backed by the chairman of the Education Committee Councillor John Finlayson who said the local authority’s schools will work with the toolkit to “improve their energy efficiency.”

While the chairwoman of Highland Council's Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson believes it is “a fantastic opportunity for children and young people in Highland to take their first steps in lowering their carbon footprint.”

Chairman of Highland Council’s Education Committee, Councillor John Finlayson said: “With under four weeks until COP26, we want Highland schools to engage with the Energy Sparks toolkit and improve their energy efficiency.

“Therefore, we are supporting the launch of the ‘Get Energised to save electricity with Energy Sparks’ campaign.”

Chairwoman of Highland Council's Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “The council’s Climate Change team has collaborated with Green Impact to put together ten activities which will help schools get to grips with basic data analysis and behavioural change.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people in Highland to take their first steps in lowering their carbon footprint through taking part in a range of activities.”

Related Story – Three Highland Councils from Glen Urquhart, Tain and Plockton are set to compete in the final of the Scottish Schools’ Hydrogen Challenge in Glasgow in November as the city hosts the United Nations climate change conference COP26


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