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Beaconhurst’s One Earth team assisted the Senior Eco committee this term in a fundraising activity. The harm that our consumer society has on the environment has been featured much in the press and on social media recently. Our team has become much more aware of products which may only be used once, such as straws or cotton buds, and are then discarded. Waste ends up in the oceans or in landfill and may decompose rapidly or remain for generations depending on its composition.
Through water explorers, we have also learnt that large amounts of water are used during manufacture of items. For example, it takes 2700L to make a cotton t-shirt and 1000L to produce a mobile phone. Our response was to make a product based on used materials, thus reducing the volume of newly manufactured product. We chose to make Christmas tree decorations out of books (that, of course, had been read). We also had the idea of selling cuddly toys. Gifting second hand goods also reduces water use for fresh manufacturing.
In deciding what to do with the funds generated, we looked to our schools Global Goal for the year. This is the second year in which the Eco committee have carried out a whole school and community survey to identify an Eco-related United Nations Global Goal for Sustainability to pursue. Our Goal is 15: Life on Land. House groups have indicated that they want to focus on protecting bees, preventing poaching and increasing biodiversity in the school grounds and beyond.
We chose to donate our money to the World Land Trust ‘buy an acre’ initiative. The money we donate goes towards conserving a threatened habitat in Mexico or South America. We favoured this action, as by preserving an area of land we are protecting ALL the life within it.
Our choice of charity appealed to local artist Moira Bannerman, who donated her artwork to our stall. This consisted of a variety of sketches of wildlife including Savannah cats, giraffe and gorillas. Overall, sales of the drawings were much more successful than our decorations. Ultimately we raised more than our target and the paintings were very much the reason why. We made £180 which allows us to purchase over 1.5 acres!