Earth Day at AISHK

#EARTH DAY #AISHK #POSITIVEACTIONS

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organised a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Earth Day is a chance to consider how OUR actions impact the planet and think about what steps WE can take to help make our environment better.

Earth Day has reached its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. It is a day of action that changes human behaviour and provokes policy changes in all sectors of the community.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day.

@AISHK Earth Day was celebrated on Tuesday 24 April with a number of activities implemented in classrooms. These included: a Nude Food lunch, which basically means no unnecessary packaging; an Earth Day video highlighting the need to reduce single use containers and plastics and repurposing plastics or not using or accepting them at all; and also a poster competition – to raise awareness about how our planet is amazing, but it needs our help to THRIVE. We have also been following up with Chartwell’s on the sustainable changes they are making to our Cafeteria and Tuckshop.

We have highlighted small steps to change our current practices and how easy it is to make a big difference to our planet. We should also consider not just recognising the importance of living sustainable lives on this one day – we should think about conservation and sustainability each and every day, at home, at school, at work and when shopping etc.

One trailblazer, in the Environment Committee is Remi Apostolopoulos in Year 5S. She wrote to Ms Randy Lai, CEO of McDonald’s Hong Kong, expressing her concern over the use of plastic straws in McDonald’s restaurants. She also included a paper straw as an alternative for use. McDonald’s replied to Remi stating,

“we will share your views with our relevant department for their consideration.”

This is a small step towards a better future especially for our marine life.

The Environment Committee continues to look forward to sharing what we are doing this year to make our world a better place for all.

Mrs Joanne Reed
Ms Abbie Mullan
Ms Abbie Mullan