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Turnbull High School embraces legacy of COP26

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

East Dunbartonshire MP, Amy Callaghan, has hailed the sustainability efforts of pupils and teachers at Turnbull High School.

During a recent visit to the school, the local MP learned about several projects initiated by teachers and pupils, including issuing all first-year pupils with reusable water bottles and bags, building a food greenhouse with locally sourced materials, and maintaining allotment areas.

Second-year pupils at the school have also designed a sustainability passport for all pupils to complete on their journey through the school years, a project that Ms Callaghan said was “deeply impressive” and showed pupil’s “ingenuity, creativity, and talent”.

There have been efforts from the Scottish Government and third sector organisations to create a lasting legacy for last year’s climate conference in Glasgow. My Climate Path is one such project, providing young people in East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, and Lanarkshire with a range of opportunities to learn from businesses that are taking demonstrable action towards tackling the climate challenge.

This is not the first time that Ms Callaghan has championed the sustainability efforts of Turnbull High School. In November last year she tabled a motion in Westminster congratulating the school on winning the Learning For Sustainability Community Award presented by Education Scotland.

Commenting, Amy Callaghan MP said:

“Young people have been at the forefront of demands to tackle the climate emergency. They recognise the need for urgent action, and they see how small changes can make a big difference.

“I was so impressed with all the projects going on at Turnbull High School, and with the ingenuity, creativity, and talent of the young people. This is a school that has embraced the legacy of COP26 and is delivering on the requirements of the curriculum to take a whole-school approach to sustainability issues.

“Teachers and pupils should be proud of their efforts. They are setting a positive example for our wider community in East Dunbartonshire.”

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