April 22is Earth Day!! The first Earth Day was started in 1970 by an American senator named Gaylord Nelson whose aim was to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. On that day, people made promises to help the environment and to make positive changes in their community. Since then, more than 500 million people in over 180 countries have participated in Earth Day activities and on Wednesday, April 23, things were also happening at TIS.
Over the past few weeks a sub group of the Elementary Green Team has been preparing an assembly to celebrate Earth Day and to raise awareness within TIS of the importance of looking after our beautiful planet and keeping it beautiful for future generations. During the assembly on April 23, the Green Team students, led by Ms. Tina, explained a number of Earth Day challenges which could be undertaken by all students from as young as preschool. Our Think Globally, Act Locally practical applications will be to use less electricity in our everyday lives and to reduce our paper consumption on campus.
Within the PYP each grade level has a unit of inquiry that helps children understand and act upon the importance of caring for the earth in one way or another. Students in grade 3 presented the elementary students with a fund raising project that involves building a well in a village with no access to clean water. This action is a result of their current unit of inquiry which examines the distribution of water around the world, the reasons why this isn’t always fair and why the earth needs clean fresh water.
Grade 2, who are currently learning about the many different roles that plants play in our world, finished the assembly with a beautiful song that taught the students not only how to plant a seed and how to care for plants, but also where much of our food comes from.
The goal at TIS is for the students to understand that everyone has the power to make a difference. Everything we do to help the planet counts, whether you walk to school or help clean up litter that you see in your neighborhood!
There are a number of other earth-friendly initiatives happening within the school. The Girl Scouts have a paper recycling project and the Elementary Green Team has been encouraging the kitchen and the groundskeepers to compost all green waste. In the near future the TIS Community Garden will open, thanks to a group of secondary and elementary teachers. Members of the secondary Roots and Shoots group will begin planting in the community garden and the Green Team compost will be used as fertilizer to help the plants that are grown organically.
We are proud that the students at TIS want to make a difference to the earth, and understand that the most important thing to remember is that Earth Day should be every day!
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children.”
Ancient Kenyan Proverb