This Friday in Tartu, President Kersti Kaljulaid will hand out the Green Flag eco-labels to more than 30 schools and nurseries across Estonia, in recognition of being environmentally friendly and sustainable. President Kaljulaid will also become the Estonian patron of the global program.
"Our decisions are affecting what's around us more than ever before and young environmentally conscious and confident people are our biggest hope for dealing with climate change. Only this way we can be sure that the future generation of decision-makers are smarter and have better prior knowledge to cope with environmental issues," the head of the state explained the importance of the Eco-school program.
Kaljulaid will give a speech later today at a virtual acknowledgement ceremomy of the Eco-school program in the Lotte nursery in Tartu, where 33 schools and nurseries will be awarded the Green Flag. Lotte nursery will also recieve a flag. In total, 140 education institutions will take part in the program.
In Estonia, the program is lead by the Estonian Nature Conservation Agency (ELKS), and starting from this school year, Tartu nature house (Tartu loodusmaja) will carry out the activities.
There are 12 subjects related to the environment - for example, waste, garbage, food, energy, transportation, and life enrichment. Schools and nurseries are free to choose in which way they want to include the subjects in their learning program. Around the world, there are 63 countries in addition to Estonia and over 59,000 education institutions, involved in the initiative.
Kaljulaid also discussed climate change with young people on Tuesday at Kadriorg.
A message posted on the president's Facebook account said: Today I met with other vigilant young people who were mentioned in the president's speech competition and reflected on the topic of climate. The movement against climate warming has been started by the young in many countries and Estonian teens are also worried about what kind of Earth we will leave them. We discussed the matter with them today."
More information about the program can be found here.
Editor: Roberta Vaino