Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people around the world be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. From taking part in this, we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be a part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single use plastics?
The team will be attending Wastebusters and Plastic Free Wanaka’s Waste Free fair.
Held at the Lake Wanaka Centre, from 1pm – 4pm on Sunday July 14. Free entry
From Term 3, the canteen will be offering a 50 cts discount when you bring your own cup.
We have also been working on a drain project, unclogging the school drains. From the first drain we worked on we found 167 pieces of rubbish with things including wrappers, chewing gum, squashed cans, straws and even scissors.
Hence the campaign to reduce packaging to start with… We can make a difference!
Mount Aspiring College has participated in the Paper4Trees Scheme since 2008. Each year, we record the amount of paper and cardboard we recycle and earn trees from it. These trees are planted on the college ground in school-wide tree planting events.
In 2019, Wastebusters collected a total of 51 cardboard fadges and 97 wheelie bins full of paper. This earns us 28 trees. The previous year, we earnt 33 trees and we didn’t get them so we can now have 61 trees to plant. That’s enough to organise a school wide planting event with one tree per whanau (56).
The morning started with a presentation of the UN 17 Goals.
Then Sam Judd, co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, talked about their action for water and land around New Zealand. He told a very compelling story about what he found in drains!
The No Waste Nomads, Liam and Hannah, discussed how they live happily without generating any rubbish at all! And the many ways we can reduce the rubbish we create.
Then there were two workshops where we were asked to draw Wanaka as it would look like in 2050 when we will be following the 17 Sustainable Development goals. Lots of solar panels, buses, bikes and parks!
Then we were tasked to choose two goals and look for solutions to solve them both at the same time. This was difficult! The goals we choose were Climate change (Goal 13) and Life under water (Goal 14). Solutions included:
putting filters/meshes on the drains so that rubbish doesn’t go in lakes, rivers and oceans
Harvesting plastic from oceans – and do new things with the harvested plastic
Stopping to make and use plastic
recycling all plastics
The hardest was maybe to collaborate which is goal “17 PARTNERSHIP”!
We then wrote our pledge on the pledge banter which is:
So we have emailed Sam from Sustainable Coastline to ask for help to do that.
Overall a very interesting and inspiring morning.
Thank you ONE NEW ZEALAND for putting together this big event and inviting us.
400 people, young and old, joined the climate action march in Wanaka the last Friday of the term to show they care for the planet and future generations, to ask for strong action and to make a pledge they can do now. Success!
In New Zealand, it was estimated 170,000 people (mostly young people) have expressed their concern and demand meaningful and immediate action.
Next Friday, Team Green students will organise a convoy leaving college at 3.20pm to walk down to the community gathering at the Dinosaur Park.
Students, parents and siblings are invited to join us in front of the college after class.
The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which effectively mitigate climate change.
We are in a climate emergency. Next week, the United Nations leaders are meeting to act on climate change. Following the call of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, young and older people are taking action all over the world to raise awareness and prompt urgent action for climate. Solutions exist, we simply need to make the decision to implement them now, at every level, individuals, organisations and businesses, local councils, governments and international institutions.
Team Green has created a Pledge Tree. Come to the library to write what you are doing NOW to make a change and we’ll carry it down to the Dinosaur Park on Friday 27th September.
You can also make a poster and bring it to the gathering.
We encourage you to write a letter to the local Council, the Prime Minister or the Ministers you choose. A template and a list of names and email addresses are available via your teachers.
As Greta says, “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference”! So take action now!