Go green week 7-14th February 2011

With everyone including the government talking about the impact we have on the environment, lowering our carbon footprint and carbon emissions is a top priority.  Why not raise awareness in your school by getting involved in go green week? This is organised by People and the Planet and is an annual event. Changing the impact we have on the environment is very challenging to do and requires all of us making small changes that will together make a large impact. We have complied a few activities you can do within your community.

You can teach students how to grow their own fruit and vegetables by growing your own food patch and creating your own allotments. By doing this you are cutting down the carbon footprint because your food is not travelling miles to reach you. You can get starter packs from most reputable educational suppliers.

You could organise a jumble sale, by getting your students and people within your local community to bring in any old items they do not use anymore, whether it be toys or clothes they no longer wear and arrange for the proceeds to go to a local charity of your choice.

Encourage students to walk or cycle to school to help lower carbon emissions. The added benefit of this is increasing the heath of your pupils through exercise.  You could even get parents and fellow students to sponsor pupils to do this and raise money for a green charity or a charity of your choice within your community.

Create a system whereby students can recycle by having different bins for different items, such as one for paper, one for plastic, one for cans and one for food waste. Why not use green week to promote this and get your school started. Colour coded bins are available from most educational suppliers.

Run a competition in your school to see who can design the best poster for green day; the winning poster can then be distrusted round the school via email, the school website and social networking sites, this will also save paper and further reduce your carbon footprint.

Encourage pupils to use only the required amount of electricity by switching lights, computers and other electrical equipment off when not in use. Alternatively you can purchase light bulbs that use less energy and can also save money, £2.50 per bulb according to the Energy Saving Trust. Don’t forget this should extend to when students go home as well.

These are just a few ideas of activities you can do; coloured bins, energy saving light bulbs and seed packs are all available at great value prices from most reputable educational suppliers. For more information on go green week visit http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek. Don’t forgot going green is an important issue and requires a lifestyle change so carry on the all the hard work.

BOLA TANGKAS