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Earth Day 2020

 

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day will be celebrated by millions all around the world on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – marking its landmark 50th anniversary.

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.

Earth Day activity ideas while self-isolating in 2020

Although this year limits how groups can participate in Earth Day 2020, there are several ways to celebrate at home or your backyard using the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”:

• Enlist the kids to help build a bird feeder for the backyard or patio — by using a plastic bottle and filling it with bird feed.

Be sure there is adult supervision when cutting a hole (near the bottom) to allow access to the feed. Place on a patio table outside, or tie a string around the neck of the bottle to hang from a tree.

No seed? Use bits of whole grain bread or cereals like Cheerios to fill your feeder. NOTE: You can also make a nature-made feed bowl out of half an orange peel. Fill it with seed and place on an outdoor table or windowsill.

  • In the garden, scope out a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, egg shells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden — instead of it ending up in a local landfill.
  • Around the house, begin a spring cleaning project by clearing out the cupboards for old clothes you will never wear again. Stack them in a box or garbage bag so they are ready to donate on the next available trip to a local charity organisation.
  • Perform a household energy audit. Focus on things like electronic devices that are left on 24/7 — which accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use per year! Turn them off when not in use and you can save an average £100 on your electric bill annually. While you’re at it, check lamps and light fixtures to replace old bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy-efficient ones. Not ready to take the plunge into solar energy just yet? Look for solar-powered porch or entryway lights you can easily install yourself.

Quotes for Earth Day

“Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature
can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? — Henry David Thoreau

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” — Bill Vaughan

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

“Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favouhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?rable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas Alva Edison

More about Earth Day around the Web:

Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.

Earth Day – Wikipedia – A good overview on the history of American environmental concerns, the origins of the celebration plus links to more on international events.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/kids-club/cool-kids/general-kids-club/earth-day/

More Earth Day Activities for Kids

Plant a tree.

Trees can help with soil erosion and contribute to dealing with carbon emissions, so make your mark—and give the next generation a greener future, too—by planting a few trees this Earth Day. The best part is, you can do this just about anywhere!

 Plan your own Earth Day science experiment.

This Earth Day, try out a cool science experiment to show how different disasters can affect our planet. For example, pour oil into a tub of water to see how difficult it is to clean up and why it’s so important that we keep oil spills from ruining our planet’s oceans.

Build birdhouse or bird feeder.

Share your home with all of the Earth’s creatures by building a birdhouse or bird feeder out of recycled materials, such as an old cardboard box or milk jug, to help out your local avian population.

DIY a dry seed bomb.

Get your hands dirty with this fun and crafty activity that will help you get start on the planting season. To make, combine one part seeds, five parts compost, and 3 parts clay powder or clay soil (this helps it all stick together) in a bowl. Add a few drop of water at a time as you mix the whole thing together. Shape it into balls, then lay them out in the sun to dry. They’ll be ready to plant within a couple of days!

Build a terrarium.

Building a terrarium is a neat project to try any time of year, but especially on Earth Day! Not only is it a great way to bring a little bit of nature indoors, it makes for some cool bedroom decor, too.

Build a bug hotel.

Every animal on Earth has a special role to play in keeping our environment healthy—even the little critters! A bug hotel attracts beneficial insects that help control pests and gives them a place to nest during colder months, so they’ll stay close to your garden year-round. Make one by filling a small wood box with dried grasses, bark and pinecones.

Go on a nature scavenger hunt.

Learn about local flora and fauna this Earth Day by searching for flowers, plants and trees native to your region around your neighborhood. Look for a regionalist list of native plants online to help guide your search!

Start a compost bin in your backyard.

Start a composting bin for your home this Earth Day. This eco-friendly way of disposing of veggie scraps and other bio-degradable waste products not only cuts back on the amount of trash you produce and send to landfills, but it creates a nutrient-rich compost mixture that can give your garden a boost!

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Craft a nature collage.

Celebrate Earth Day this year by making an all-natural art collage with things you’ve founding in nature, like leaves, pressed flowers, pieces of bark and other small items. Collect items while you’re out for a hike or exploring your local nature trail.

 

Fairtrade

 

Friday saw Beatlie have another fantastic cafe supported by staff, friends and family who all enjoyed a selection of cakes and biscuits made from our specially selected spices: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Sugar, Honey.

Thank you everyone for supporting Fairtrade – we collected £105 which will be sent off to the Fairtrade foundation.

Please click on the link below for further information on Fairtrade.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

Go Green Week Highlights

As promised a selection of photos and videos to display the great work and different experiences the children of Beatlie got to enjoy over Go Green Week.

We hope you have enjoyed all the posts over the week and thank you all again for the support you have shown for this campaign.

Enjoy watching and listening to us singing our Eco song.

 

Go Green Week – Day 4 – Music Festival

Today we celebrated Go Green Week with a music festival for the whole school to enjoy.

During the week all classes made some instruments by upcycling and recycling materials. They all looked great and sounded pretty good too!

We set up the hall to have a festival feel and enjoyed having friends and family come to listen and dance to drums played by the children and live music from Gordon and Jean Paul.

There was plenty of food and drink for all to enjoy and keep our energy up.

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to Musac. our chosen charity for the event.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/musicallyactivedudes/about/

Look out for our Blog next week showing some highlights of Go Green Week!

Go Green Week – Day 3 – Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – Walking/Cycling

It is virtually impossible for the children of Beatlie School to walk to school! Therefore to highlight the campaign during Go Green Week, all classes will be taking a walk round the school grounds and carrying out a 2 minute litter pick. #2minutecleanup

Due to weather conditions some classes may be unable to do this until next week.

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Walking Drastically Cuts Your Carbon Footprint – And Helps Your Waistline!

Walking is the best way to help the environment. One study concluded that walking a mile and a half would release 75% less greenhouse gases than we would produce from driving the same distance.

Driving less doesn’t just help the environment. It can also make us healthier. By reducing our car usage, we can help both ourselves and the environment.

Walking and cycling can tackle climate change now

Follow the link below to read more on what’s happening in Scotland.

Walking and cycling can tackle climate change now

 

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

 

 

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/

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