Global Citizenship -
Food and biodiversity

This theme explores how growing and eating our own food impacts our personal health, and how it has knock-on impacts for local and foreign biodiversity.
Sustainable Development Goals

Global Citizenship – Food and Biodiversity is a maintenance theme that facilitates schools exploring and discovering how actions on the Green-Schools programme locally, positively influence environments worldwide.

The Global Citizenship Food and Biodiversity theme consists of two main strands of work. The first strand focuses on local actions, including growing and eating food that is produced on the school grounds. The second strand focuses on global impacts; such as the positive impact that these local actions can have, by interrupting the current global food production system, and the environmental problems associated with it e.g. by reducing the miles that food has travelled, or by avoiding the packaging waste associated with shop-bought foods.

We have seen a dramatic reduction in our electricity and oil costs. Our children are much more aware of the need to conserve energy and do this as part of their normal day. They view themselves as Global Citizens and have a greater understanding of what they have in common with children living around the world. They also have a greater awareness of the interdependence of all – and how this translates into the need to use renewable energy where possible.

Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, Ballysheedy, Co. Limerick

Scoil Ursula N.S, Sligo

Caitriona Kernan of Scoil Ursula N.S, Sligo, gives us a tour of the vegetable garden and polytunnel, which is being well looked after during the summer months by dedicated care takers.


We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

In 2024, our fellow Environmental Education Unit programme, National Spring Clean, are celebrating their 25th birthday! National Spring Clean is the biggest and longest-running anti-litter campaign in Ireland, established in …

Welcome to Marine Week 2024! Green-Schools Marine Week 2024 is coming soon from Monday 15th – Friday 19th April! Join us for a week of free online activities and learning […]

  Join us for Global Goals Week as we discuss a different Sustainable Development Goal each day of the week. Schools from Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Dubai will meet online …


We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

Make a Bird Feeder Necklace with LEAF

Make a very simple bird feeder necklace with string and old fruit to help keep little birds well and fed during chilly months!

Framed Bug Hotel

Green-Schools takes you through a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own framed Bug Hotel. All you need is a scissors, string, three plastic bottles, scrap wood, a […]

Up-cycled Plant Pots

Seedling pots can tot up to a costly amount if you intend to sow a lot of seeds, especially if you are carrying out a whole-class grow project. If there […]

Origami Frog

Celebrate frogs with Green-Schools by making origami jumping frogs and learning about Ireland’s only frog species, the Common Frog. This video is a step-by-step guide to make an Origami Frog […]

Case Studies

We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Case Study

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh is a primary school in Roxboro, Limerick with about 300 students and 22 teachers.


St. Vincent de Paul National School

St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) National School is a girls’ senior primary school in Dublin. There are 316 students from 2nd to 6th class and 20 teachers.

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