Waikiki Primary School: Community engagement in waste reduction

The Community Action Day taking place at Waikiki Primary School was an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to come together and organise around waste reduction.

In our eyes, our action day was a great success.

Students prepared presentations on solar energy, recycling and waste management, exhibitions on recycled arts and crafts, and organised guided tours for the teachers and parents of the compost area and vegetable garden.

They organised games and quizzes about composting and decomposition, and engaged all participants in a learning process with lessons to take home!

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Farsund Secondary School: The Ocean Monster Project

About a year ago a dead whale with its stomach full of 30 plastic bags was found at the western shore of Norway.

As a response to this, the then Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen claimed:

 the real ocean monster is plastic

Farsund Ungdomskole, with pupils from 12 to 15 years old, made it their goal is to protect other species in the ocean and elsewhere from further damage caused by human activities. As they argue, if humans continue with their current consumption and emissions, by 2015 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Along with Alcoa W5 they collaborate with several local political actors and stakeholders to clean local beaches and shores from plastic waste.

Through the local newspaper, the pupils called for Farsund county to introduce recycling systems in all communal buildings. The Mayor, Arnt Abrahamsen, has acknowledged that the Ocean Monster Project communicates an important environmental message on behalf of the municipality, and he will raise the issue further in his political activities. The mayor promised the pupils at Farsund Ungdomsskole to provide everyone in the municipality with a tote-bag that they can use as a replacement for single-use plastic bags when they go shopping, and to make Farsund the most sustainable municipality in Norway.

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Kulstad Primary School, Mosjøen: Positive Action for Sustainable Development

Proud to be the first school in their county ever to be certified as an Eco-School, Kulstad school, Mosjøen students are devoted to reduce their ecological footprint.

As a local solution to global climate challenges, the school has chosen the topics of consumption and waste for their Alcoa W5 project. Kulstad has established a collaboration with the local waste and recycling unit where the pupils can visit and apply their knowledge. At their school they follow rules for recycling, weigh their paper waste, and when they are hiking, there are always some pupils responsible to ensure that no one leaves litters!

In 2019, Kulstad started with Bokashi composting. This has been a success as it can be used all year round and does not smell bad. Their plan is to use the soil from the compost to make a garden where they can grow their own vegetables in the summertime. In only a couple of years, students at Kulstad have made an impressive effort, and the process seems to be the start of a long-term dedication to positive action for sustainable development.   

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Zero Waste lunch at Hillman Primary School

Through the Alcoa W5 project, Hillman Primary School is buzzing! Students created reusable food wrappers from beeswax in an attempt to create zero-waste lunch packs!

As part of an Action Day in Australia, students along with their parents created reusable food wrappers from beeswax; as the Environmental Audit highlighted, the school used an excessive amount of plastic packaging, and hence the Eco Committee decided to prepare a waste-free lunch.

“We already have a focus on reducing waste at Hillman, but this project gives us a great framework and process to not only empower the students to look deeper at what else we can do at school to further reduce and recycle waste, but also take what we learn to the school community and into the students’ homes” Aaron Young, Hillman Primary School Principal

Teachers, parents and students alike, got together to make their own beeswax sandwich wrappers. The beeswax was grated onto a cloth, and then melted in the oven.

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