Eco-Schools program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Development of the program was a resolution of the 1992 United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio Declaration included a goal to improve education for sustainable development (ESD) around the world.
Eco-Schools programs are now operating in around 60 countries, which involves around 45,000 schools, 15 million students and over 1 million teachers! Schools are able to connect internationally via Eco-Schools Connect.
Schools have reported great longer term outcomes from taking part in the program. This includes positive environmental outcomes such as reducing waste and litter, as well as positive educational and behavioural outcomes. This report from Keep Britain Tidy, highlights some of these impacts.