TALLINN - President Kersti Kaljulaid is about to hand Green Flag awards for excellence to representatives of over 30 Estonian schools and kindergartens in a ceremony in Tartu on Friday, also assuming the status of the patron of the global Eco-Schools program in Estonia.
"Our decisions now affect the environment around us more than ever before, and the growing up of self-confident environmentally conscious young people is our biggest hope for success in addressing climate change. Only in this way can we be sure that the future generation of decision-makers is smarter and more knowledgeable than our generation for addressing climate change," the head of state said.
The president is scheduled to make a speech during a virtual recognition event of the program at the Lotte kindergarten in Tartu on Friday, where the Green Flag award for environmental excellence will be handed to 33 schools and kindergartens. Altogether more than 140 educational institutions from all over Estonia are taking part in the program.
The Eco-Schools program is led in Estonia by the Estonian Society for Nature Conservation, and starting from this year the activities are implemented by Tartu Nature House.
The program embraces 12 environment-related topics, such as waste, garbage, food, energy, transport, and biodiversity.
Globally, 63 countries in addition to Estonia have joined the network. The number of educational establishments that are part of the network is bigger than 59,000.