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Teenagers support 'green' schools
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Pupils want their schools to use gathered rainwater
Pupils want their schools to use renewable energy sources and rainwater resources, a survey finds.

The poll of 850 13 to 15-year-olds in England found 81% backed the use of these forms of energy in schools.

Of those surveyed, 70% wanted to know where the ingredients in their school dinners had come from.

The survey was commissioned by the Department for Children Schools and Families to support its sustainable schools initiative.

Over two thirds of the teenagers surveyed said they would take action if they saw someone not being included or welcomed at their school.

And 73% of pupils felt their school was a welcoming place.

These survey figures show that young people really do care about sustainability issues
Kevin Brennan, Young People's Minister

The sustainable schools initiative encourages schools to take on board the principles of sustainable development in their everyday work.

It also focuses on healthy living, environmental awareness, community participation and "global citizenship".

The government has produced range of resources and activities to help schools teach about sustainability.

It says pupils can learn about sustainability both in the classroom and from their first-hand experience of how their schools are run.

Young People's Minister Kevin Brennan said: "These survey figures show that young people really do care about sustainability issues and they want their schools to be healthy, welcoming and environmentally friendly places.

"Schools play a vital role at the heart of communities and lead the way in encouraging our young people to live sustainably now and in the future.

"Many schools are already addressing some of these issues, which is very encouraging, but this survey shows how young people would like their schools to go further."

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