Rome, 8/11. Today Istituto Marymount in Rome, Italy, was awarded Climate Action Project School of Excellence. Only 250 schools globally were recognized because of their intense work on climate education in a whole-school approach. There were only 5 schools in all of Italy. The recognition was awarded by Cartoon Network and Climate Action Project. The webinar was streamed live at the COP26 in Glasgow.

Cartoon Network Climate Champions is a climate change awareness initiative that sets out to inspire kids to take on daily challenges that collectively can make a big difference to the health of our planet. It has been developed in collaboration with WWF, a world-renowned environmental organization.

Climate Action Project is a free, global education project that was launched by Take Action Global, an education nonprofit based in the USA, involving 2,700,000 teachers and students across 146 countries. The project aims to help students learn about the climate crisis in authentic ways and disseminate solutions online. 

The recognized schools submitted their work for the past year and met extensive criteria, including a school-wide commitment to climate education and student solutions. 

Istituto Marymount has started a “Treedom Project: freely eco-sustainable neighborhoods.” At the beginning of the school year, the school involved students in writing words and phrases to create an artistic installation to hang from the branches of a tree in the school garden. Students responded with enthusiasm and intense participation, demonstrating sensitivity and respect for the natural environment that surrounds us. Now the school is working to develop a collaboration with the municipal bodies in charge with the aim of raising awareness in the city community towards the protection of our environment. Students intervene in such a way that they tend to promote and encourage ways to stop climate change. Students feel empowered to make changes.

The 250 schools selected as Climate Action Project Schools of Excellence were announced on November 4, 2021 during Climate Action Day, an annual online live event attended by 250,000 people globally. The event speakers included Prince William, President James Alix Michel, Seychelles, Rick Davis, NASA, Matt Larsen-Daw, WWF, Princess Esmeralda, Belgium, Juan Pablo Celis Garcia, UN Environment Programme, and other world leaders, climate scientists, and activists.

The winners were announced by Dan Russell, the voice actor behind several characters in Cartoon Network global hit series The Amazing World of Gumball, and Nandi Bushell, an 11-year-old musician, an influencer and passionate climate advocate. 

Prince William’s statement “We need youth’s creativity to repair our planet. We need students to invent and to innovate – to think beyond where we are now and to be optimistic about our future.”

Koen Timmers, the creator of the Climate Action Project, said: “There is no vaccine for climate change.” Amy Bivin, a teacher at the Marymount Institute, says “The Cure is ACTION! No matter how small one is, one action at a time, one day at a time with a positive mindset, we can make a difference! The best way to act is through EDUCATION. By teaching children about climate change, we raise awareness and empower them to solve the problem and stop the damage caused by previous generations. We only have one planet and we need it more than it needs us.” 

Dr. Jennifer Williams, Climate Action Project, said: “Our community of educators have come together in support of climate education for all. We are committed to ensuring students have access to information, ideas, and opportunities to take action for the planet, and, today, these Schools of Excellence are leading the way for the entire world.” 

Here is the link to the list of Schools of Excellence:

Here is the online certificate: