Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Throughout the month of March, we implemented different activities such as Meatless Mondays, vegan food contests and water challenges. We planned these in our three Roots & Shoots groups and promoted the events throughout Green Month.
My project will involve creating awareness through adventure, social media and personal conversations on the alarming rate of water, land and air pollution in the region. It will also involve nature conservation campaigns working together with other local organizations involved in environmental conservation. I look forward to paddle board the Nile river from Lake Victoria. It being the longest river in Africa, a very big population and species depend on it for survival. Its origins are also very important. I hope to in particular create awareness on conserving the Nile basin in East Africa and its sources (Mau eco-system and Mara river Kenya/Tanzania) which host most of the wildlife in the region and a great source of revenue in the region through tourism. The project will target involvement of the youth from colleges, community organizations and other institutions who will be motivated and engaged in litter collection, adventure for nature conservation as well as afforestation exercises. They will also be trained on recycling and up-cycling of artificial products plus use and production of traditional products.
Participate in a school assembly and create a school-wide poster campaign. We will also engage with students from the lower forms in oceanic protection as well as debate forums in extra-curricular activities for older students.
Spread awareness about shark fin soup. Stop people from selling shark fin soup.
Our final project is a play about saving water which we will perform on stage for the school and our parents. A section of the drip system stopped watering part of our garden and the pansies faded and died. My students were distressed and concerned other parts would die. And so began our adventures in water: what ,why, where, how, when, who, how much, how little, what for, what not for, origins, amounts, plants, animals, people, waste, conservation, gallons, drops, home, school, Los Angeles, California, the United States of America, Earth - I am not using the word "adventure" lightly. It became very clear that we needed to let the people around us know the importance of water conservation!
Students will map GPS locations of all of the storm drains from our school to a 5 mile circumference around using Google Maps, GPS, trash weigh-ins, and accurate input of data onto spreadsheets. They will photograph their findings, and also videotape their efforts. They will come up with a rotational maintenance solution, which will be ongoing. They will then deliver a presentation to both the school at an assembly, as well as to Parents during Ecology Night in May, 2015. The Parent Night is being coordinated with an English Teacher, Mrs. Ximena Miller, whose husband is an active participant.
Mid-April to mid-May will have song and art contest and have a student/staff/parent show and may also include letter-writing campaign in English clases. Winners of contest will share. Count FB, Instagram, and other social media posts. post-survey of students and staff
We are building a bike powered water filtration system. The system consists of a bike, a clean water tank, a dirty water tank, a pump, a filter, and a generator. When the bike is being pedaled the generator is turned. When the generator is turned electricity is created. The electricity created by the generator powers the pump. The pump pulls the water from the dirty water tank and pushes it through the filter to the clean water tank and voila!
We borrowed a water shed model from SCARCE ( an environmental organization) and with student helpers, presented to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. We showed how everyday life contributes to pollution of our lakes and rivers.
Students are working on a water conservation project. They are using an approach created by Project Citizen. First, they will research the problem. They will look at issues involving our statewide drought, as well as clean water problems effecting other parts of the world. Next, students will research alternative strategies to solve this problem. Their research will include both local strategies that they can implement as students, and global approaches to this issue. The third stage involves the creation of our policy. It will be divided into two sections - one focused upon global approaches, and the other upon local strategies. Finally, students will design an Action Plan to implement their policy. This action plan will include the creation of a PSA (public service announcement) encouraging water conservation. They will create pamphlets and iBooks to promote their ideas. Additionally, students will present a power point to share their information with our entire school community.