Green Corner

Go Green - Our choice and creed

When the going gets tough, the tough go green

At All Saints International School, we believe that there is only choice in life - that is the right choice. We teach our students to choose environmental responsibility over any other i.e to 'think, be and go green' all the time. For this reason, the school engages its students in several projects, campaigns, crusades as part of its abiding 'Go Green' commitment.

The various green school activities taken up by school are:

  1. Green school sustainability programme
  2. Green school programme for waste , air, water, land carbon foot print audit
  3. Go Green drive by Interact Club
  4. Save Environment campaign
  5. Save Electricity campaign

1. In-House Green school programme

Bearing in mind that environmental challenges are growing and also that they can be met and countered if each one of us is aware and involved, All Saints International School has a concurrent and on-going Green House Programme. As a part of it, the school children have realized that we all need to change the way we manage natural resources; alter our consumption patterns so that we can do more with less; and innovate with current technologies so that we can improve the environment around us.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMME

  • Formation of audit teams from class VI to X
  • Fixing the task under each category
  • Implementation of task
  • Compiling the results
  • Preparing green school report card
  • Give suggestive measure for improving green measures in school

2. Sustainable Development through Green School Programme

"To make choices that helps us to satisfy our needs for survival without compromising on the ability of next generation to do the same"

The whole purpose of the programme is that it helps the students to gain:

  • A skill for lifetime which will enable them to make smarter decisions in life and move forward faster
  • Ability to adapt to the emerging green economy and contribute back to society

 

Topic Covered
S.No. Sustainability Element Outcome
1 Waste and Food Waste Audit and a Food Audit report of the school
2 Water and Air Water Audit and Indoor Air Quality report will be prepared for the school
3 Carbon Footprint A Carbon Footprint Audit report of the school
4 Energy Audit An energy audit report of the school

Waste and food

  1. Through a series of activities and games, the students were made to realize how food is the basic need required for survival of human being. Apart from that, it was made clear that in a country like India that is ridden and beset with exist social inequities, people from urban area have access to good food but they are little irresponsible when it comes to consumption and often waste the same.
  2. The school children were made aware about the social situation wherein a lot of wastage is happening and how they too as individual can contribute in minimizing wasteful consumption of food. Small effort from our side can bring big changes.
  3. Students were also given assignment to record their meal and check the wastage of food happening at their homes. Thus, the children were sensitized and they came back with reports on how much food was being wasted and how they were taking care to reduce it.
  4. The students were also explained as how climate change in last 10 years has affected our food production. So they were sensitized about how they can contribute for greener and better environment today for a better tomorrow.
  5. Every product we consume has its life cycle right from its production to disposal so LCA assessment is very important. LCA is a technique to assess the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product life, and therefore the role we can play at every stage.
  6. The students were also sensitized as how many miles the food which we eat has travelled before reaching our plate and hence they gained insight into the effect of environmental conditions on distribution and packaging of food.
  7. While we are willing to go green, it is the lack of knowledge and understanding of the systems that stops us from making sustainable choices. The students were then told about a tool which can simplify the decision making process and help all to manage our resources and lifestyle better. That tool is known as the Carbon Footprint.
  8. What is Carbon Footprint?:The students were given the formula and each element of the formula was explained to them.

Carbon Footprint = Output of an activity x Emission Factor of that Activity

3.Campaigns by Saints Interactors

One particular clean up campaign was organized by the young students when they took upon themselves to educate and sensitize the vendors and green grocers about the imperative need to reduce wastage and to dispose off waste properly.

Undeterred by the dreary and overcast sky and a hibernating sun, the youngsters laden with paper bags and high spirits went up to the fruit and vegetable vendors in Civil Lines, Bhiwadi. They educated them about the need to keep the surroundings where they live and work hygienic and clean. They handed over the utilitarian paper bags prepared by Grade V students to the green grocers and vegetable sellers, thus exhorting them to practically say a 'No to plastic bags'. The students placed placards and slogans highlighting the urgent need to clean up the environment at strategic points and positions in Civil Lines.

The Gen-X of the school lived up to Gandhiji's immortal words 'we must be the change we wish to see around us' by clearing up the littering fruit peels and rotten vegetables lying scattered around the area, the youngsters influenced the bystanders and others in the vicinity to also join in and clean up the debris. The students set an example before the grown-ups by wearing cloth aprons and protecting their hands with sterilized gloves thereby give a practical demonstration of how waste materials should also be disposed off in a hygienic and effectual manner.

4. Say No to Crackers

The 'Say No to Crackers' campaigns by Saints students go beyond the conventional trappings and lip service; they are thoughtfully planned and serve to sensitize the children and through them the community about the life of brutality and danger that the poor children lead while working in factories making firecrackers. These campaigns are a sincere attempt on the behalf of the school to bring a sense of realization in the society as to how these children get victimized.

Through posters, cards promoting Green Diwali, thematic paintings, slogans and catchy captions on 'Save Environment', 'Go-Green', 'Abolishing Child labour', 'Noise Pollution', 'Air Pollution', 'Harm to animals and birds' and 'Disturbance to the elderly and babies' the students of All Saints International School have tried their best to spread awareness among their fellow-students and society for the imperative need to stop bursting crackers and have highlighted the far-reaching repercussions on man, animals and environment alike.