Monday, March 31, 2008

Plastic Carrier Bags

Our local village shop and Post Office has announced that, from the 1st April, customers will be encouraged to re-use their plastic carrier bags. If it is an Elmsett Shop bag, then 1p will be donated to a charity. However customers needing a new bag will be charged 2p. It's a great start to make people more aware of the detrimental effect that plastic debris has on our planet.

Another option is to buy a long lasting, ethically produced bag. The people in the small Devonshire town of Modbury lead the way in tackling the problems of plastic waste.

There are lots of ethical shopping bags at the Ethical Superstore, including string bags.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Eco -Schools Celebrations

When we opened our recycling centre in 1994, we were surprised to discover that our recycling topic involved a lot more than just sorting rubbish into piles for recycling and heaps that were destined for our local landfill site. Our recycling topic soon grew into a "caring for our environment" theme and reached into most areas of the curriculum.
Now, our environment and climate change is an urgent, global issue, with gloomy forecasts about our plight on the news almost on a daily basis.
So I was delighted to hear that the staff and pupils at Elmsett have continued to work on green themes, and were rewarded for their efforts by receiving their second Eco-Schools GREEN FLAG at the end of last year. Great news. They have new targets to work on, in order to gain their third flag. If they go on beyond that, the fourth flag is permanent. I don't think many schools have achieved that.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Too little---Too late

So--not much effort was made to reduce our energy consumption on E-Day, maybe because it wasn't given much attention in the media.
Perhaps a glimpse at the article for Monday 3rd March on an American blog might persuade people that some sort of urgent action is needed to protect our children's future.
Click on the link "checklist toward zero carbon", for a comprehensive view on the state of our planet and what everyone can do about it.
But--don't bother if you're depressed!!!!