Team Green Students meet Tim Flannery

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(c) Oh Three Photography

Aspiring Conversations organisers kindly donated two tickets to attend Tim Flannery’s event to students presenting the best questions. While Grace Green and Gary Poilvert questions were chosen, none of them could attend and were represented instead by Emily Knoesen and Johnny Brebner, both highly interested in the talk.

The talk is summarized here. We learnt that there is hope, now that technologies exists, goverments have signed a strong agreement and everyone starts putting the subject at the top of their agenda…

Tim Flannery books “We are the weather makers” and the brand new “Atmosphere of Hope” are both available at the college library.

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Emily speaking bravely in front of a crowd! (c) Oh Three Photography

 

 

Recycling to another level!

Recycling_signThe school fills in a full skip each week which costs $80 to empty + the weight of rubbish!
75% comes from classrooms, the rest from the wheelie bins.

The idea is to remove the recycling from the skip.

Some large red  bins with a clear sign RECYCLE have been placed in many classes and soon in all of them. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send students to empty them behind the library when full (dispatched in the right bins). So far, it is done well.
There are currently 26 green rubbish bins and only 5 yellow recycling bins.
We suggest that all bins go in pairs. So we need more yellow ones, possibly smaller ones, but they need a lid. We’ll ask the college management if we can get 10 more and we will try and find sponsors for more.

Team Green will promote recycling in the college.

Creating visuals (photos, videos?), talking in assembly, in year levels, making posters, in the newsletter…

If we divert a third of rubbish to the recycling, we’ll save $2100 per year.

Supporting the Climate March

Climate is changing, but solutions exist. Hours before the United Nations climate summit in Paris, we’ll join a worldwide movement to tell our leaders to tackle climate change. Climate march

We are busy preparing the banner and many of us will participate next Sunday.

Come along and add your voice!

Future Fiction

I’ll prepare a bunch of enviro-friendly novels for next meeting. Not only these books relate to us but they also provide a useful insight into various aspects of being environmentally aware.

To add to the list in the article below:

  • Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand, by Leonie Agnew;
  • Forty Signs of Rain, by Kim Stanley Robinson and fifty degrees below;
  • And several Carl Hiaassen hilarious books Flush, Bad Monkey, or Hoot.

Please leave a comment to add similar books you know.

Florence's journal

It is not Sci-Fi, yet it is fiction with a future focus. It is fiction that expresses what could happen with the global change our world is experiencing, in various ways and perspectives. The genre “eco-thriller” is on the rise and it is as exciting as crime, adventure or detective stories. Plus, it could turn out true!

Teenage reads

Carbon Diaries, Sacy Lloyd

2015. Britain governement implements a carbon card to ration it. You take a car? You use up some of your monthly allowance. You light up your fan? You use up more carbon points, and they disappear far quicker than you would expect. Laura is a normal urban teenager who loves music and tries to live a normal life. Everybody will adapt differently to this new situation. Then disaster strikes… Laura tells about it all in her diary, in a realistic and witty style. Award-winning series.

Empty, by Susan Weyn

In a town…

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Well done everyone for planting 44 trees!

44 trees has been planted in 2 hours by all MAC students in the past month. Thank you to the diggers, bucket carriers, and tablet holders and all helpers. We earned these trees because we recycled 8 tons of paper in 2011 and 2012.

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Thank you to Paper4Trees 

Getting money from companies who want to reduce their carbon footprint, they buy native trees and offer them to school to reward them for their recycling efforts.
Since Paper4trees first started in 2001, kiwi kids have recycled over 25,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard and planted over 100,000 native trees! http://www.paper4trees.co.nz/

Thank you to Ziprek who sponsors our trees

Ziptrek is a Queenstown adventure activity that allows to ride tree-to-tree by flying foxes. It is famed for delivering an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment along with a good dollop of adrenaline.  http://www.ziptrek.com/queenstown-new-zealand

Thank you to Te Kakano who provided the trees

Te Kakano is a local Trust whose aim is to maintain a successful community-based nursery for native habitat restoration projects. Tree planting sessions in the local public land are organised fortnightly. You too can volunteer and contribute to a better environment. http://www.tekakano.org.nz/

19 trees for our College

Paper4Trees certificate

Last year, Paper4Trees granted 19 trees to our college for recycling 4.3 tonnes of paper :)

This year, our goal is to recycle enough to gain at least 25 trees. To achieve this, we MUST put all used paper in the paper recycling bins!!

Mac Team Green will remind students and staff to recycle all the used paper, via the college newsletter, the daily notices and the radio.