Sowing the seeds of environmental awareness at school. Trying to inspire love for nature and the responsible attitudes it demands from us.Step by step...
This year we have decided to work on how to reduce the use of plastic containers, packages and bags and how to recycle them correctly in order to reduce their environmental impact. This is the diary of our project.
Last Friday, our 1st year ESO students started visiting different classes in our school to introduce their plastic project to their schoolmates and ask them to fill in the survey forms they have prepared for them.
It was a new experience and they are really satisfied with the response and attention they have received. We´ll be analysing the results soon.
Our survey is finally ready and next week our 1 ESO students will visit different classes to talk about our project and ask the students in the group to complete the survey forms as accurately as possible. We have already shared them with our e-twinning partners and we are looking forward to analysing the results. Let's go!
Ocean trash reminding us what we are doing wrong and what we have to change. What we get is what we give. Only a big change in attitudes, lifestyle and habits can help us here. Reducing, recycling, asking those in charge to do whatever is necessary to reduce waste and make a real circular economy the base of our progress.
The second stage of our Plastic Free Town project consists in carrying out a survey on the attitudes and habits of the members of the school community concerning waste reduction and waste management.
Writing down the questions that conform the survey has been, in our opinion, one of the most important activities of the project from the point of view of environmental education. Our students worked in groups, reflected upon the issue and reached agreements to decide on the most appropriate questions and answer options. The questions were written down in two languages: Galician and English, so that they can be delivered to the students in Galician and shared with our eTwinning workmates in Italy and Georgia.
During the third week of February, groups of three representatives of our 1ESO students (the classes involved in the project) will visit different classes in the school, explain what their project is about and ask them to fill in their survey form. The maths department has chosen the groups according to statistics selection criteria.
Last week some representatives of the 1st year ESO groups held a meeting with two representatives of the school board.
First, they explained their conclusions after having observed and analysed waste management at school and also the attitudes and behaviour of their schoolmates.
Second, they handed the head of studies a document with the ideas and proposals they have thought of in order to find some solutions and improve the situation.
All our students left the room with the satisfaction of having been able to defend their points of view and of having been listened to; and also with the compromise that the school board is going to analyse all their suggestions and do everything in their hands to make all the feasable proposals become a reality in our school.
We have already been allowed to customize part of the wastebins in the hall to turn them into recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass and organic waste, to make batteries and lids collectors more visible, and to instal posters and panels with information on the correct use of the different recycling bins and also about the urgent need to reduce the amount of garbage we produce.
Satisfied, and looking forward to the next steps...
We believe that the unnecessary use of plastic and failing to recycle and recover it is an extremely serious environmental problem. Schools must make sure that the students get in contact with the basic principles of consumer education and environmental awareness, and there is a lot to do in our school in this area. For these reasons we are going to ask the school board to help us make the following changes: - Making recycling bins for plastics, paper and glass available in the hall, the canteen area and in some strategic points of the corridors. The Art and Visual Education Department of our school has offered to customize and adapt some of the bins we already have.
- Making the containers for bottle lids and batteries more visible, and reminding all our students of the convenience and importance of using them. - Asking the school cleaning staff to to deposit the waste from the different recycling bins in the appropriate container outside the school and making this task as easy as possible for them. - Making a compost bucket available by the canteen and providing enough composters to turn that organic waste into compost for the soil of the school vegetable garden. - Carrying out an information and awareness-raising campaign about the need to reduce the use of plastic and recycle all types of materials conveniently. - Trying to reduce the use of non reusable plastic bottles replacing them with reusable bottles, which may involve improving the quality of the water from the tap.