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Go Green Week – Day 2 – Energy Saving Day

 

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Click on the link below for tips on saving energy in your home.

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins

There are a number of reasons why you should consider cutting back on energy consumption.

How Does Saving Energy Help The Environment

Save energy, save the environment

Although it may not be obvious, there’s a direct connection between your energy use and the environment. When you consume less power, you reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants, conserve the earth’s natural resources and protect ecosystems from destruction. By taking steps to reduce your energy intake, you’ll contribute to a healthier and happier world.

Protect the air and prevent climate change

Perhaps the most notable way that reducing energy helps the environment is by decreasing power plant emissions. To generate electricity, most power plants burn coal, crude oil or other fossil fuels. Although this method of creating energy is relatively inexpensive, our planet pays the price – carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are just a few of the byproducts that come from traditional methods of power generation.

Carbon dioxide, which accounts for the majority of all airborne pollution, is a greenhouse gas. When carbon dioxide is released into the air, it absorbs the sun’s warmth and keeps heat in our atmosphere. This “greenhouse effect” is a natural phenomenon, and it’s necessary for survival on earth. However, as power plants burn more fuel to create more energy, the extra carbon waste traps too much heat. This can have a detrimental impact on our land and our lives. Effects of greenhouse gas emissions include:

  • Rising temperatures, heat waves and drought
  • Higher sea levels
  • Abnormal weather patterns
  • Increased intensity of natural disasters
  • Smog and acid rain

Cutting back on energy consumption reduces the amount of electricity that power plants have to make, subsequently reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burned each day. Even a small change can make a tremendous difference – if every American household traded in just one incandescent light bulb for an efficient CFL, the reduction in pollution would be equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

Conserve limited natural resources

When you opt to cut back on energy use, you also help conserve limited natural resources that would otherwise be used to power the power plants. Less demand for energy creates less demand for harvesting fossil fuels. Turning off the lights at night or washing clothes in cold water can save trees, coal, natural gas and more. From an economic standpoint, it’s critical to conserve our finite resources. As fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, they will become extremely expensive.

Save ecosystems and animals

In addition to impacting climate patterns and depleting stores of natural resources, excessive energy use can harm animals and ecosystems. Mining, logging and material extraction associated with the provision of fossil fuels destroys habitats on land and in the ocean. Human-induced air pollution is one of the main reasons that biodiversity is disappearing at 1,000 times the normal extinction rate.

Oil spills, which often occur during the transport of fossil fuels, wreak havoc on underwater species and throw of the chemical balance of our oceans, making it dangerous for humans to swim.

Although the EPA has set regulations to reduce chemical dumping, the toxic waste created by power plants hasn’t disappeared. Coal-fired power plants are reportedly the largest source of toxic water pollution in the U.S. Each year, these energy plants discharge billions of tons of poisonous waste, often containing arsenic, mercury and lead.

Consume less, conserve more

Reducing electricity use in your home – or going off the power grid with solar energy –can benefit the environment, conserve resources and save lives. Although your own energy saving adjustments may seem inconsequential, small steps become great leaps when multiplied by 7 billion.

Source: www.saveonenergy.com

 

Go Green Week – Day 1 – PAPER FREE

5 Ways that Going Paperless is Good for the Environment

Green is the new black.

The paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy in the world. This over-use of paper has a huge impact on a company’s carbon footprint – not just from the chopping down of trees to make the paper, but also on the fossil fuel power used for printing, and the chemicals involved, too. To produce just one ton of paper, it is estimated that 253 gallons of petrol is used. In turn, to make just one piece of A4 paper requires 10 litres of water.

Clearly, going paperless is a big tick for the environment. Here are five clear reasons why.

1. Save trees

Worldwide, use of paper has risen by 400% in the last 40 years. This increased usage takes a huge toll on trees. Rapid deforestation – much of it to produce paper products – is a huge concern for our environment. Trees play a critical role in absorbing CO2 from our atmosphere and producing oxygen to support life on our planet. By reducing or eliminating your use of paper, you are doing your bit to preserve the life of trees.

2. Cut down on pollution

Did you know that paper manufacturing is one of the worst offenders when it comes to pollution? Making one tonne of paper emits more than 1.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Using less of the stuff will help to reduce the number of pollutants in our atmosphere.

3. Reduce transport

Every document that is transported across town or across the world uses up fuel. And the burning of fuel releases greenhouse gases. By switching to a digital document sending solution – where a signed and secure document is sent with the click of a button – a lot of fuel can be saved.

4. Save water

It takes 1.5 cups of water to make 1 sheet of paper. In a world in which fresh drinking water is a growing concern, this is certainly food for thought. By going paperless in your office, you are helping to conserve our world’s water sources.

5. Use less of the other stuff

It’s not just the use of paper that’s bad for the environment. There are the other consumables that go along with it – like ink. Production of ink uses fossil fuels; most inks contain chemicals and other substances that are harmful to our environment.

If we do use paper, the best thing we can do is recycle it! Click on the following link for tips.

https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/paper-0

 

 

Wriggly Litter Less Campaign

Beatlie School is participating in this years Wriggly Litter Less Campaign.

We have been awarded a grant which we put to good use and bought a ‘handy cart’ with the grant – this can be used by any of the children to help when out and about in the community when participating in litter picks.

In order to achieve the second part of the grant, we need to carry out 4 litter picks between now and the end of April.

We made a great start and everyone in the school made great efforts to clean the local environment of litter!

You can click on the link for further information on the campaign. There are also lots of photos showing the great commitment and ethics of the school on litter.

wrigley litterless campaign

90KG Rice Challenge – UPDATE

Beatlie 90KG Rice Challenge 2019

This year Beatlie is supporting the rice challenge.

A bag of Rice Can Change a Life

Beatlie School Campus takes on 90kg rice challenge to give a helping hand to Malawian farmers and their families.

Beatlie School Campus will be helping to make a huge difference to the lives of farmers in Malawi and their families by taking part in the 90kg rice challenge.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and less than 1 in 4 children are able to attend secondary school. The 90kg rice challenge was inspired by the fact that if a farmer can sell just 90 x 1kg of Kilombero rice at a fair price, they will be able to send a child to Secondary School for a year.

By taking part in the challenge Beatlie are looking to show that by simply making changes to the way we buy food, fair trade can help to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

The school has bought in the rice and is kindly subsidising the cost (normally £3.20) to £1.20 a bag.

If you would like to support the cause and buy a bag, or two, please fill in the slip which will be sent home in school diaries and send it into school. There is a choice of white or brown rice.

 This rice has won a Great Taste award and is the most ethical rice on the market according to Ethical Consumer magazine.

 

Thank you in anticipation.

Eco committee/Rights Respecting Schools Committee

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/wl/beatlieblog/2019/11/07/90kg-rice-challenge/

90KG Rice Challenge

 

A bag of Rice Can Change a Life

Beatlie School Campus takes on 90kg rice challenge to give a helping hand to Malawian farmers and their families.

 

Beatlie School Campus will be helping to make a huge difference to the lives of farmers in Malawi and their families by taking part in the 90kg rice challenge.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and less than 1 in 4 children are able to attend secondary school. The 90kg rice challenge was inspired by the fact that if a farmer can sell just 90 x 1kg of Kilombero rice at a fair price, they will be able to send a child to Secondary School for a year.

By taking part in the challenge Beatlie are looking to show that by simply making changes to the way we buy food, fair trade can help to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

The Rice will be being sold by Beatlie at £3.20 per 1KG Bag.

“It’s amazing to see the enthusiasm that Beatlie have had in taking on the 90kg rice challenge. By taking part they’re helping to create a brighter future for the people of Malawi and their children – James Johnstone JTS

By simply buying a bag of rice we can all make a huge difference by helping to unlock the potential of people and communities and tackle inequality in Malawi and elsewhere. – John Riches JTS

 

Beatlie Litter Pick – Beach

Glendevon were all out on a litter pick on behalf of Beatlie this week and what a fantastic day we had.

The weather was on our side and it was even warm enough for a paddle in the water!

As well as working hard at picking up litter – which consisted of mostly micro plastics, baby wipes and netting – we also had time to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

We stopped in at McDonalds for our lunch and everybody was fantastic and we were very proud to be presenting our school with everyone on their best behaviour.

Again we would like to thank TK Maxx  for their generosity in providing funds for the cost of travel and allowing us to be able to participate in such a worthwhile cause. We collected 3 bags of rubbish so we would like to think we have saved a few species of marine life and helped keep 2 beautiful areas to visit clean until the next time……..

Also a big thank you to Colin for driving us and helping us with bags etc.

 

Access walk in the Pentland hills

A group of secondary children- Andrew, Nathan, Amy, Emily and Lauren visited Harlaw visitors centre in the Pentland hills this week. The regional park have created lovely accessible paths for wheelchair users around the Pentland hills. We went for a lovely walk around the reservoir, exploring the nature around us, very beautiful. Nathan especially enjoyed looking around on the walk around the reservoir.

The children also helped to make a bug hotel using a drill and took part in pond dipping too. We found a newt and a few other creatures too. Lauren was not impressed by our catch lol! However she enjoyed watching her friends. Amy laughed and giggled the whole time she was using the net to catch the pond life and didn’t want to let go of it! Andrew and Emily were very interested in helping to make the bug hotel. Andrew was focused using the drill and Emily loved listening to the sound of the drill. This would be a wonderful place for other classes and their families to visit. A round trip around the reservoir takes about an hour to walk.

West Lothian Food Bank

A big Thank you from all the Eco committee for all donations made to our foodbank collection – as always we were overwhelmed by the generosity of all our Beatlie friends.

We collected 86.5kg worth of food which they calculated would be aproximately 206 meals for a lot of appreciative families at this time of year.

We also had a large bag of colouring books which we donated along with a donation of colouring pens and pencils from our friends in Ochiltree.

 

THANK YOU & MERRY CHRISTMAS

Beatlie Eco Committee

 

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