The children spent the week investigating how much waste we produced as a group. They observed the following things:
we produced more than 2.7kg of waste
packaging was the dominant source of waste
the amount of packaging used lessened during the week
the reduction was due to reusing water bottles and lunch boxes
They then considered why reducing our waste is important. They made the following comments:
the less waste we produce, the less the environment will be harmed
if we waste things, we waste money, resources and ourselves
if the environment is harmed, we are harmed because there is a ripple affect
After making these observations and drawing these conclusions, the children decided to take the following actions to continue to reduce our carbon footprint in the area of waste:
establish a waste team at school
sort the bins out at school e.g. range of recycling bins and more of each kind
use the compost heap effectively
host an assembly to make others aware and to teach them the 4 rs and c – reduce, reuse, refuse, recycle and compost
Each child summed up their own learning on the journey home. This is what they said.
Max: Over the course of the week I have learned just how much waste we can produce and how damaging the affects can be. I will now think before my actions.
George: Waste can harm the environment a lot and can cause a lot of damage so we should do more about it.
Kieran: As we waste the things we own, we waste money, resources and more importantly the environment and ourselves.
Grace: I found that waste was a much bigger problem and then I thought, then I hoped to carry it on wherever I go and make it better.
Scarlett: I have learned to be a lot more caring about the environment because every piece we throw away melts a bit of ice on the beautiful mountain.