To celebrate Earth Day 2019, the WWF is organising a 30-days challenge to take care of the planet. Start here and now!
About 200 students and 50 members of the community join the action for the climate organised by Team Green students.
They walked down to the lake and back with banners and signs, chanting “Save our Future”.
Chanting on the lake front
Come and show your support for strong climate action tomorrow Friday 15th March from lunchtime.
We’ll meet in front of the college at 1.20pm and walk down together to the lake and back in time to catch the buses.
Team Green students announcing the strike yesterday in assembly
A few Team Green students in the Otago Daily Times today
At meeting today, it was decided that Team Green students organize the Schools Strike for Climate here in Wanaka on Friday 15th March. It is a worldwide event led by students to ask for climate action.
- We are striking to improve our future, or people in future generations may not have grass, plants, clean air…
- We are striking because climate change is such a big problem, we need to take action now.
- We are asking politicians to hear us out and to consider the chance of change.
- We are asking when the college will stop using coal.
Team Green is organizing a march, we’ll meet at 1.20pm on Friday 15th March in front of the college and walk down to the town centre and the lake front. We think education is hugely important but we will voluntarily not attend period 5 as we strike to take action for climate change. We’ll walk up back to the college at 2.45pm to be on time to catch buses.
Mr Bosley, Mount Aspiring College Principal, has agreed for the event to take place and students to participate as long as their parents/caretakers give them authorization. A letter and form has been sent to all parents and must be completed before participating in the event.
We meet Thursdays lunchtimes in the library, a committed team of year 7, 8 and 9 students and 3 Year 12. Together, we start the year with a raffle aiming at raising money for more solar panels and explaining what Team Green is about.
You are welcome to join if you want to make a difference for our college and beyond as there are many projects to do! Energy, Fair Trade, Waste management, Climate change… and more.
Adding the worms in the buckets
Photo (c) Andrew Sloan
Fundraisers & Christmas gifts
We are selling Plants, currently for sale in the teachers’s yard: Spider plants, Aloe Vera $5 each
2019 Upper Clutha Calendars $20 each: Team Green receives $3 for each calendar sold, available in the staff room.
End of Year “do” in the Park
Enjoying cake and fair trade chocolate in the tall grass in Lismore Park, we discussed what went well this year and what we want to do next year. We are quite proud of our achievements this year:
- three worms farms,
- a fun scavenger hunt,
- a school wide tree planting event…
Next year, we plan to:
- repeat our recycle-well campaign
- organise food waste management better
- work on energy savings, divest our school from coal, more solar panels (needs lots of money for that!)
- So fundraising will continue with fair trade bake sales and plant sales -as above!
- We are chuffed to be invited by the architects to contribute to the new buildings concepts
It would be great if senior students would join us, we could then have several projects going.
Tree planting Photos
Thank you for a wonderful Tree Planting effort, 52 trees given a chance to strive in 30 minutes! Please note the love and care that was given in the action! Well done MAC! Long live Herbet and mates! 😉 Keep sending photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so they are added to the slideshow here.
Thank you to Ziptrek, the sponsor of our trees!
Today we celebrated our term achievement with fair trade chocolate and cake!
Then we visited our food waste bins and worms. As we haven’t been able to present the system in assembly yet, the bins haven’t been used much and contain far too much orange peels. First thing next term is to explain everyone how to use them properly.
We fed the worms with what was in the bins. The worms looked good.
Thanks to our recycling of paper and cardboard, we have earned 39 native trees via the Paper4Trees scheme, up from 32 the previous year. We’ll plant them on the school ground during long whanau early next term.
More trees, less landfill! Well done everyone! Keep up the good work!
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because they planted a tree a long time ago.
~ Warren Buffet
There are now 3 RED Wheelie bins for food waste. They are located together with a waste and recycling bin in the quad near the library, up the junior block, and near the play area.
Please put all food leftovers in the RED wheelie bin but no wrapper, and no citrus.
We have installed worms farms. We will feed the worms. Please do not disturb the worms so leave the white buckets closed.
Adding the worms in the buckets
Installing the buckets in the ground
Here is the Cardboard and Paper recycling data for 2017:
We recycled 30 fadges of cardboard and 56 wheelie bins of paper.
We earned 32 the previous year so that’s 2 trees more! Well done everyone for your recycling efforts.
A quick look at the skip shows that we can recycle more. Please be mindful when you discard paper or cardboard to put it in the correct recycling bin.
Last year, we decided to carry over 16 trees earned in 2016 to add to 2017 trees to organise a school wide event – we have 44 whanau so we need at least 44 trees.
We now have 48 trees to plant!
So we’ll organise a tree planting day during long whanau later in the year.