Our school is currently working towards our Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste flag, which is a development of the previous Litter and Waste theme onto a global scale. It is the 6th theme of the Green Schools programme.
You can view the Green Schools Committee school assembly presentation here. It opened with a quote from the Dalai Lama, and addressed the 17 global goals. We hope that everyone found it inspiring.
What is Global Citizenship?
As the Green Schools website notes,
we all have some idea about what citizenship means but the term can be described in a few different contexts:
The first, and most widely accepted, definition is in a political and legal context where ‘citizenship’ is used to explain that someone is a member of a political community or state where the citizen has certain rights and responsibilities that are defined in the laws of this community or state, eg as citizens of Ireland we have the right to vote and the right to free speech. However, we also have the responsibilities that come with being a citizen, such as the responsibility to pay our taxes and to obey the laws enacted by the government. We are also European and Global citizens.
Citizenship does not only refer to our rights and responsibilities that are laid down in law, but it is also refers to our social and moral behaviour. As a citizen of a community or state, we are expected to exercise our rights and respect the rights of others and we are encouraged to participate in the improvement of the quality of political and civic life in our community. This is often referred to as 'active citizenship', where direct democratic participation and feelings of responsibility for own community is encouraged.
In previous years, our school has explored issues such as Waste, Litter, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity. Most of these themes are related to issues in or near our school. However, Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste issues cross international boundaries.
This theme enables us to discover how our work on the Green-Schools programme has positively influenced people and their environments worldwide, and it will also allow us to revise the Litter and Waste theme with the whole school.
Actions and targets
To complete our own programme for Global Citizenship - Litter & Waste, we will follow a number of actions and targets:
raising awareness on how looking after our environment aids people all over the world
promoting and facilitating ‘Active Citizenship’
integrating the Global Citizenship Litter & Waste ethos into our Green Schools programme
making an improvement in the Litter & Waste management in our school.
The overall aim of the Global Citizenship - Litter & Waste theme is to create a knowledge and understanding about the link between environmental degradation and human rights. We will learn about sustainable development and will examine the world’s interdependency and development.