We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children
The environment is an integral part of our lives, and we cannot pretend any longer that protecting it is someone else’s concern.
The climate crisis is a pressing matter that requires immediate, global solutions. We live in a time when civilisation as we know it cannot survive without global legislative changes and a new economic model. Although change solely at the individual level is no longer sufficient, that should not stop us from doing our part every day. We should all strive to live in a way that leaves as little impact as possible, otherwise we are just sawing off the branch we are sitting on.
The Bridge is a language school where we all try our best and work towards being an inspiration to others. What does The Bridge do to help protect the environment?
At school level:
Green Standard Schools
We have become one of the Green Standard Schools accredited institutions in an effort to communicate the importance of environmental protection. They are an association of schools committed to the 12 basic standards of environmental protection, and our goal is to help make these more visible and accessible. We hope other schools will follow, and also that we inspire our own students.
The 12 rules
Speaking, talking, chatting
English lessons give rise to various debates. The topics we discuss and use to practice our English should be current, relevant, and engaging. We recognise that our teachers have the opportunity to introduce their students to new ideas and broaden their horizons, in addition to language learning. Green topics matter, and their inclusion in teaching allows us to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
Reduce plastics and sort waste
We do not use unnecessary plastics in our school and the catering at all our events, parties and conferences is free from single-use dishes. If it cannot be avoided, we opt for an alternative made of rice paper, which is less harmful to the environment.
Eco-friendly cleaning products
We clean our school every day. It is important to avoid using aggressive cleaning agents for such regular maintenance. Clean water, eco-friendly cleaning products and citric acid are often enough.
We save water, energy, and are also mindful of our paper consumption. We have been teaching online for over a year, which has taught us to use even less paper than before. and that when push comes to shove, we can always find ways to save more.
We respect the personal dietary preferences of our colleagues, but as a school we do not support the meat industry by purchasing meat or meat products. We serve vegetarian / vegan food at all our parties, conferences, workshops, and training courses. It is our pleasure to serve our colleagues delicious food that can also open the door to a healthier diet. 😊
Whenever possible, we try to support local businesses and local producers. The impact of every purchase on the environment is just as important as the price of the purchase.
At individual level:
Exercise helps nature
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we walk as much as possible and take public transport on longer routes. Healthy mind in a healthy body. 😊
Although we are not all vegetarians, it is important for us to eat healthily, which in practice means eating less meat and more vegetables, drinking clean water instead of sugary drinks, more home cooking and less added sugar / salt.
Take up the torch
These small, everyday decisions will not only help the environment but will give us a more positive outlook on ourselves and our lives. Ecological usually also means economical, and thus good for us.
As a language school, we do everything we can to play our part, but also to inspire our students. Looking after the environment should be just as natural as looking after our own health; after all, the former impacts our lives just as much as the latter. So how about it? Want to join us? J