OCC Celebrated in Times Education Supplement

Jan 4 / Editor

We are thrilled to announce that our business, the OCC Movement, has been featured in the prestigious industry publication Times Education Supplement, a renowned media outlet. The feature spotlights the critical role of climate education and recognises Wales as a beacon of progressive change, largely due to innovative initiatives like ours. 

Professor Geraint Jones lauded our programme for its impactful contributions, elevating Cardiff and South Wales as exemplary regions that prioritise climate education. This recognition underscores our commitment to fostering sustainable practices and educates future generations on the importance of environmental stewardship.

"Cardiff’s local authority has placed schools at the heart of its One Planet Cardiff strategy to be a carbon-free city by 2030. In partnership with Our Classroom Climate (OCC), Cardiff has become the first local authority in the UK to offer algae bioreactors to all its schools. 

These “liquid trees” capture carbon dioxide at a rate up to 400 times faster than traditional trees and sit within a much broader climate education curriculum for the city’s children. 

Meanwhile, at the Cardiff Schools Climate Education Conference in November, pupils from Llysfaen Primary School, in the north of city, talked about forming an eco-committee to help plan the projects in the school that combat climate change. 

External speakers and local experts in climate change are regularly invited to the school on their Green Days to talk to the children about how they can better protect the planet. 

Further west, and following Our Classroom Climate’s curriculum, children at Ysgol Pen Rhos, in Llanelli, have been analysing the optimal conditions for algae to thrive, and subsequently growing algae under the best conditions to effectively capture carbon every day. 

There seems to be a movement in climate education sweeping across schools in South Wales, which is enabled by the country’s new Curriculum for Wales."

Read the full article here - https://www.tes.com/magazine/analysis/general/improving-climate-change-teaching-must-2024