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Insights from The Sustainable Schools Virtual Summit

by Eddie Rayner

During December, educational institutions and the community will have free access to The Sustainable Schools Virtual Summit, where speakers, including Matthew Benjamin, the founder of homegrown, sustainable school uniforms brand, Kapes, offer their expertise on how schools can create or enhance sustainability in schools. The mission of the summit is to bring together headteachers, teachers, school business managers, directors of education, inventors, professors and specialists in sustainability to leverage their expertise, experiences, concepts, ideas and innovations to transition schools into sustainable practices.

Representing Kapes, Matthew Benjamin shared his insight on how schools could reduce their environmental impact by switching to sustainable school uniforms, the need for climate crisis awareness to empower children to be more connected to the things they wear and buy as well as the need to mould a generation of conscious consumers who will be able to reduce the current global environmental damage caused by the generations before them.

Benjamin commented: “Schools are in a unique position to shape the minds of younger generations when it comes to sustainability. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and school uniforms contribute to this, but if we can use uniforms to educate kids so that they are more connected to the things that they wear, where and how they are made, and the impacts of this, then they will be more conscious consumers as they grow older and can help fight the climate crisis.”

Schools are in a unique position to shape the minds of younger generations when it comes to sustainability

Nineteen speakers will discuss a variety of topics, including why climate change education is more important than ever for vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, where to look for Greentech solutions, how schools worked to produce five sustainability and climate change leadership teams, as well as highlighting the role of UNCC and the need for climate action.