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.
(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.
Emily speaking bravely in front of a crowd! (c) Oh Three Photography
Last year our school recycled 60480 litres of paper and cardboard. This means our school saved:
- 7.75 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
- 62 cubic metres of landfill space
- 42.78 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced from landfill
Thanks to Paper4Trees, we “earned” 31 trees which we will plant later this year.
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A big Thank you to Treble Cone too, we had so much fun up there!
If you have 1,000,000 parts of air, then 387 of them are CO2. Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity.
All over the world, people are taking action on the 23rd and 24th October to influence the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Here at MAC, Team green organises a tree planting afternoon!
Carol explains: “Friday 23rd October, period 5…all whanaus are involved in planting 5 trees. They work together as a Whanau in their House groups and each house has a plot of land to plant their trees in. They can be as creative as they want!! They will be instructed professionally how to plant.
The days leading up to the event, the school will become very aware of WHY they are doing this with information cascaded to them from Team Green! We are hoping to get fruit trees for a school orchard and natives.
Thank you so much for your support and supporting sustainability within the school :)”
This December, world leaders will meet for what may be most important meeting in history. If the world is to prevent dangerous climate change, John Key and the leaders of other developed countries must agree to a 40% by 2020 emissions reduction target.
This is where you come in. The most significant thing you can do right now to save the climate is to log in and activate your Sign On account. Just click here to get started:
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