I’M A STUDENT

and want to help my school sign up.

Care about the climate? Want greener school buildings, less waste in your canteen and more climate issues on the curriculum?

Here’s a simple way to make a big difference: ask your school to take action to become zero carbon by 2030.  Follow the simple steps below and let your headteacher know there are practical, straightforward changes they can make today to create a zero carbon school.

Because schools must get behind their students to make change happen. You can be the one to help them take the first step.

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students are behind Let's Go Zero
“I’m passionately doing what I can to educate my peers and elders on the climate crisis, and to encourage them to make changes in their lives – both big and small. I cannot stand silent as the beauty I have admired all my life disappears.”
Caroline
Year 12
"I'm part of the London Schools Eco Network where student eco-coordinators plan campaigns to save our planet. I have chaired meetings as well as planned and led school-wide assemblies to raise awareness about climate change. Now is the time to take action!"
Alina
Year 12
"I wrote last year to Rishi Sunak, the representative of our local area, challenging him to do more to care for the environment and it got a lot of media attention. I was called ‘The Yorkshire Greta!'"
Mathilde
Year 9

WILL YOU JOIN THEM?

Your school’s zero carbon journey starts here

To become part of Let’s Go Zero, your Head Teacher needs to sign up hereFind out how other students are taking action to encourage their school to listen up and make the zero carbon pledge:

 

Spread the word about the #climateaction you’re calling for in your school.

The more students, parents and others in your community call for change, the more likely your school is to listen. So get on social media or speak to your friends directly, and explain why this issue matters to you, and why you’re asking for action.

Get your teachers and Head Teacher on board.

Once you’ve got the support of your friends and community, it’s time to ask your school to take actionWe’ve created some emails you can adapt.  

You might want to a particular teacher first, to get their support – maybe someone involved with your school’s eco committee, or someone who has taught you about climate issues in their lessons. Or you could go straight to your head teacher. 

Remember to edit the templates to put in your name, and the name of your teacher or head teacher! 

Contact us

Email: letsgozero@ashden.org
Twitter: @LetsGo_Zero

Use this text and image to share your #climateaction on Instagram:

I’m joining 200,000 young people taking action to get our schools to commit to becoming zero carbon by 2030.

There are over 32,000 schools in UK. Imagine if ALL of them were carbon zero! We have the chance to bring about real change if we work with our classmates, teachers and communities to transform our schools into clean, green, sustainable places that set an example to the rest of society.

I want my school [INSERT NAME AND/OR TAG] to join the @letsgo_zero campaign and make the zero carbon commitment.

Because students + schools = climate action

Share your #climateaction with this ready-made Tweet, and choose one of the images below to go with it:

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WhatsApp message text:

Have you seen the Let’s Go Zero campaign? Hundreds of schools have already joined. They’re working to be zero carbon by 2030, with more sustainable school buildings, better food, and less waste – as well as talking about climate change in their lessons. 

I think our school should sign up too.  I’m planning on writing to our Head Teacher to tell them about the campaign. The more of us that support the campaign, the more likely we are to sign up as a school.   

Will you share this message?  If you tell me you’re backing the campaign, I can include your name on the letter, and show just how much we all want our school to tackle the climate crisis. There’s more about the campaign here: www.letsgozero.org 

 

Use this text to write to or email your teacher about the campaign. You can also attach the leaflet below to provide more information.

Dear [teacher’s name] 

I’m writing to ask for your help getting our school signed up to the Let’s Go Zero campaign. This means our school would work towards becoming zero carbon by 2030. 

Let’s Go Zero is a national campaign, and hundreds of schools have already signed up. They are not promising they will hit this target, but will do what they can to become more sustainable. There are lots of practical things our school can do to cut carbon – like reducing food and energy waste, encouraging greener journeys to and from school, and investing in more eco-friendly buildings. Many of these things save money as well as carbon.  

There’s more information about the campaign at https://letsgozero.org/. Joining would help us work with other local schools, which will make it much easier to take action. The campaign organisers are also talking to the government, asking politicians to give schools more money to become sustainable. The more schools join the campaign, the more powerful that message will be. 

Taking part would also show all our teachers, students and their families that we can do something about climate change. This is a really important issue for me and my friends, and we would love to get involved in creating a greener school. 

You need to be a head teacher or school leader to sign up to the campaign – but I know it would make a big difference if you could say this is a good idea. 

Thanks,  

[Your name] 

Use this text to write to or email your head teacher about the campaign. You can also attach the leaflet below to provide more information.

Dear [head teacher’s name] 

I’m writing to ask you to sign our school up to the Let’s Go Zero campaign. This means we would pledge to work towards becoming zero carbon by 2030. 

Let’s Go Zero is a national campaign, and hundreds of schools have already signed up. They are not promising they will hit this target, but will do what they can to become more sustainable. There are lots of practical things our school can do to cut carbon – like reducing food and energy waste, encouraging greener journeys to and from school, and investing in more eco-friendly buildings. Many of these things save money as well as carbon 

There’s more information about the campaign at https://letsgozero.org/. Joining would help us work with other local schools, which will make it much easier to take action. The campaign organisers are also talking to the government, asking politicians to give schools more money to become sustainable. The more schools join the campaign, the more powerful that message will be. 

Taking part would also show all our teachers, students and their families that we can do something about climate change. This is a really important issue for me and my friends, and we would love to get involved in creating a greener school. 

Thanks,  

[Your name]