ScottishPower to Fund Climate Change Training
UK energy supplier ScottishPower is to fund another training programme on climate change for teachers in Scotland. The new project will see 100 more primary school teachers receive training on issues such as reducing waste and recycling.
This is the second such scheme that ScottishPower has been involved with. Last year they piloted the Climate Change Initiative in collaboration with climate change experts from the Glasgow Science Centre. The experts conducted training sessions with over a hundred teachers originally, exploring climate change through science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
ScottishPower has now declared they will provide additional funding for another hundred teachers to be trained over the coming year.
Building a Sustainable Future Through Education
ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Ann McKechin, said of the climate change training programme:
“We recognise that our young people will play a key role in building a sustainable future and are passionate believers that education is the key to making a better future, quicker.”
The programme will enable the teachers to engage with primary school children on the subject of climate change. The training consists of three interactive modules which focus on recycling, reducing plastic waste and harnessing waste gases.
The Senior Learning Coordinator at the Glasgow Science Centre, Susan Meikleham, echoed Ms McKeckin’s enthusiasm for the project, saying:
“We passionately believe that STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] helps people make sense of the world around them and want to encourage pupils and teachers to build their inner scientist by exploring these hands-on activities.
“The training and lessons bring to life solutions that may help in the fight against climate change. We hope they will inspire young people to change their behaviours and consider STEM careers in future.”
ScottishPower Pledge £2bn to Renewable Energy Projects
In addition to funding the climate change training programme, ScottishPower has pledged to transition towards producing 100% green energy. As a sign of their intent, the firm has pledged £2billion of funding for renewable energy projects in the UK.
ScottishPower’s CEO, Keith Anderson, said of the huge financing of UK renewable energy projects: “Our first investment plan since leaving coal and gas behind is a historic milestone for ScottishPower and is a vote of confidence in the UK’s commitment to decarbonising the economy. In a time of uncertainty, the UK needs to deliver its Industrial and Energy Strategy and that’s what we’re providing with our biggest ever investment in a single year.
“Consumers want and need access to reliable, clean and affordable energy. That is what ScottishPower is focused on delivering and as long as government climate change commitments stay firm, with sensible policies to support them, this investment will continue.”
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