Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Warder is a teacher in a school Vegetarian allows students to create a more sustainable world. He tells

Phoebe Doyle

how the school helped to renew their Green Flag status

Speaking to Ian

Warder is not surprising that, once learned at Summerhill, in Suffolk, perhaps the most famous private school in the UK "alternative". In fact, his eldest son were there and was arrested when he went to San Cristobal school, which was 2003. They started as a mathematics teacher regularly, but quickly expressed their interest to participate in the environment that has been flourishing under Professor Betsy Reid, who became a hero green for him.

Since taking office, renovation and school ecological Green Flag accreditation (Ian is now a consultant for Eco Schools Award) has not had time to stop. Since creating a wormery school, which is said to compost waste a lot of school, major campaigns with titles ranging from simple battery bag ban biscuits interesting resources that Ian is he just liked to have longer.

A Quaker

mindfulness practices and teaches meditation and tai chi in his spare time, he believes: "The learning effect they have on the rest of the world because of how we live and how we can choose to change this situation is the most important lesson we can teach. "


a new young family (he has three daughters under the age of four) Ian said: "Encouraging children to be aware of self and confidence, try to create a more just world equitable and sustainable world is what I want to do, and I try to do the same thing myself. Teaching children to be kind and respectful to others is a fantastic opportunity which is always important stimulating, challenging and rewarding. This we teach is important, but how we do it. "

So Ian Warder no ordinary teacher. But then, the school Saint-Christophe in Hertfordshire is not independent of the ordinary school. This school is a 100% vegetarian and teachers here are Linda and Jeremy - not a lord or lady of ear shot. This school is committed to educating citizens aware, active members of the community, critical thinkers. And lessons learned here by the privileged students have a real impact.

To begin with, the school has set interactive exclusively dedicated to environmental issues, and this is serious. "We cover topics such as the dangers of incineration, the economy and the environment and reducing the carbon footprint," says Ian.

Not all discussions yet. "Not everyone is pessimistic. Must be fun for the young people involved and excited." Ian and feels basically means having to find out for themselves.

(quick dry dryers won the debate on the environment, by the way.)

Being a politician, find confidence in the issue on environmental issues is a clear objective of Ian. "A group of students organized a petition that has collected more than 300 signatures in 2011, which was sent to our local MP, asking the question the government's position on the effects of pesticides on bee populations. '

In March 2011, the school hosted the first floor of the United Kingdom for the conference of the planet and climate ambassador training. About 80 young people from 15 local schools attended and, therefore, Plant for the planet and now have children who represent 98 countries. Your message has two problems: global warming and climate justice. Climate justice is the idea that it is just and equitable that each of us in the world should have the same amount of CO2 emissions allowed.

"The conference is a day of information, but also practical training in speaking, planning and public policy. D incentive to encourage youth and adults to see," says Ian. "An action is the fundamental need to plant more trees to increase" sink "of carbon on the planet. The school has to raise funds, called to other students about it and planted trees in the school. Five presenters continued to a second conference for six schools of Edinburgh, conference presentations with more planned for next year. "

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