Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, visited St Augustine’s RC School in Scarborough to help launch the school bid to become more environmentally friendly and earn the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning and St Augustine’s has established a pupil group to help lead the school to take actions that promote a way of living more in harmony with our planet.

As a Catholic school, the school is listening to the advice of Pope Francis who has written to all Catholics to look after the world we live in, especially since the poor are those who suffer most from climate change.

During his visit, the minister was impressed with the many ideas that the students had to promote good environmental practices and encouraged them to keep up the good work they have started. He highlighted how looking after the planet was becoming more important and that the UK is leading the way in many areas such as the banning of micro plastics.

The Eco-Award team in St Augustine’s is made up of both students and teachers. The teachers come from a variety of subjects with an interest in environmental issues from the sciences and humanities and the students of the group come from across the year groups. It hopes to gain the bronze award by the beginning of next academic year and then work up to ‘green-flag status’.