Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity, Serge Wilmes, speaks with St George's Students at the BNE Foire; Credit: Ministère de l'Environnement, du Climat et de la Biodiversité

St George's International School Luxembourg has reported that its "Eco-Agents" were out in full force at the BNE Foire on Tuesday 26 March 2024, discussing sustainability in education with government and industry leaders.

Highly visible in their bright green hoodies, the group of students, who are passionate about the environment and sustainability, took every opportunity to meet with the key players in Luxembourg's ecosystem to build a more sustainable future, noted the school. The students also presented a workshop on microplastics in toiletries. Through a microscope, they showed evidence of microplastics and demonstrated the app "Beat the Bead", which can be used to register and track products with microplastics.

The Eco-Agents, from the primary and secondary sections of the school, spoke with Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity, Serge Wilmes, and his team from the Environment Ministry about projects in the school and sustainability in education. They even convinced Minister Wilmes to try chocolate-coated dried crickets and mealworms, "a nutritious future food alternative to meat", according to St George's.

The sustainability student team was joined by St George's alumna Isolde Roberts, who recently completed her Master of Science in Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London. Ms Roberts toured the fair with the students and discussed biodiversity research with Dr Claudia Hitaj, advisor at the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity. 

St George's Sustainability Coordinator Anne-Marie McHugh commented: "St George's is fortunate to have a highly passionate student base with over 25 Eco-Agents. These types of events provide our Eco-Agents opportunities to research and bring new ideas to the school on how we can meet our School Climate Pledge, to achieve net-zero by 2030, protect biodiversity and be smart with our resources."

The annual BNE Foire (Sustainable Development Education Fair) brings together ministries, administrations, NGOs, schools, teaching and educational staff to discuss and exchange ideas and examples of best practice in the field of sustainable development. St George's International School occupied one of the 70 stands at the fair.