Green Standard Schools is a global, not-for-profit association of language schools that are seriously committed to protecting the environment.
IH Belfast director, Paul McMullan, has co-founded an accreditation to encourage green language schools and to reduce the carbon output associated with international travelling.
When asked why he personally felt the need to establish Green Standards Schools Paul said, “Everyone has their own part to play. I don’t think we can depend on others, certainly not our politicians to steer us away from an ecological disaster. Making the world a better place will be like a huge puzzle. The pieces of the puzzle are our daily actions and changes in attitude towards environmental and ecological issues. It will be the small changes that every single person and business can make that that we can then build on that will help most rather than us waiting for huge decisions at government level. I have three young children and the thought that they might live in a world going through environmental and ecological disaster terrifies me.
The language travel industry that we are part of is, by its nature very carbon heavy. It would be very hypocritical of IH Belfast to demand changes in practices within the industry without actually doing something about it and helping other organisations make the small changes they can.”
GSSs aim in a nutshell:
To lessen the impact that language teaching has on the environment by developing a set of policies and practices that language teaching institutions and their stakeholders can adopt and adhere to.
To award accreditation against these policies and practices to providers of language education everywhere.
To develop resources designed to encourage environmental sustainability in language teaching and learning and offer training and support in the application of these resources.
Green Standard Schools explained in 98 seconds.
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