Wrap a present…

When you look at wrapping paper, what do you think? A brilliant way to hide a surprise? A pretty pattern? Well, did you know that wrapping paper is a big waste of paper and of trees? This should stop, and although we can’t stop it entirely, we can help by not buying or using it. But what do we do when we want to wrap a present?

What we can do is find stuff that we would just throw away and make a substitute for wrapping paper. We (me and my family) have made some of our own wrapping paper and used it. I will post a picture of it this weekend.

This is what you can do too!

I will organise a competition for ThePrettiestWrappedPresentWithNoWrappingPaper. Then it will be up to you to create! This is what you have to do:

  1. Create your wrapped present.
  2. Send a photo of it to me.
  3. Then I will consider your pictures and post the winner.

I had an English teacher here in France who is now a teacher in Scotland. Her class is doing a project on sustainability and they have very kindly got the competition underway. Here is a photo they sent of their creations. I will post more about their class and their efforts at the weekend, but in the meantime, great going guys!!!!!

Shirley presents

 

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Difficult…

A few weeks ago, I was staying in Brindisi, which is in Italy. The villa where me and my family were was almost in the countryside, so the power wasn’t too good. We had to buy bottled water, in case of a power cut (the water pump used electricity), which did happen lots of times without warning. This ,meant that everything was in lots of  plastic packaging, which was bad for the environment. (see my previous blog post on rubbish). So even though we wanted to be eco-friendly, it was difficult and probably impossible. There were still a few small things we could do that didn’t seem much, but everything helps. For example:

1. We re-used plastic water-bottles by putting tap water in them.

2. We made sure that everything that could be recycled was recycled (for example some packaging was recyclable).

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My Papa doing his favourite activity: recycling

3. If we could do without something and it wasn’t essential we didn’t buy it (some stuff is useless and bought us lots of plastic which we didn’t need.)

4. If we could make our own food we did (we made our own tomato/bolagnaise sauce).

5. It was very difficult to recycle as the rubbish men didn’t come, so we drove our rubbish down to the recycling bins ourselves.

So you see, sometimes helping the planet is sometimes difficult or impossible but if you can you must always try and find solutions and persevere.

That’s a bit rubbish…

Have you ever wondered where exactly rubbish goes, and why it’s bad for the planet? One day you might have gone to put something in the bin, and thought: “Where does this go?”

Rubbish has a long journey to get through. All the rubbish is taken away from our ordinary bins by the bin lorry to the rubbish dump. The dump is a big hole in the ground, called a landfill. All the rubbish is emptied into it, gets squashed by big diggers, and is covered with soil. Over time, some types of rubbish disappear, but plastic stays there for thousands and thousands of years. This causes global warming by making it difficult for things to grow and because of the nasty gases the rubbish produces.

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Landfill By Arthur Tress, 1940-, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons

So what can you do?

REDUCE – use and buy less stuff, especially less packaging.

RE-USE – use what you have again perhaps in a different way. e.g. turn a jam jar into a pencil pot.

RECYCLE – sometimes you will find bins where you can recycle paper, glass, plastics, and some metals.

Did you know…? You can buy some things that have already been recycled, like loo paper (no, it is not loo paper that someone has already wiped their bum on!)

Why don’t you try…? Composting food waste. It’s good for your flowers!

 

Help!

Last night, I was having trouble getting to sleep, because I was worrying about global warming and how it’s affecting our planet. I was scared that I couldn’t do anything to change it.

Then I thought perhaps a little change would help. If we all did just a little thing, we could have a big effect on global warming. If you agree with me, then please do the following:

  1. Choose a change from the list below.
  2. Commit to making the change.
  3. Leave your name, your age and your country in the comments box of this blog post.
  4. Send a link to this post to three people you know.

Let’s see how many names we can collect!!!

Changes:

  1. Switch to Ecosia as your web browser.
  2. Stick with your school bag another year (instead of buying a new one).
  3. Replace one car journey with a walk once a week.
  4. Or a change of your choice (tell me what it is).
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My crazy sister going on her beloved scooter instead of in the car!

GOOD LUCK!

 

Spare a thought for the polar bear!

The polar bear is one of the many endangered animals as a result of climate change. Here are some facts:

  1. The average life of a polar bear is 20-25 years.
  2. They have a layer of fat up to 11 centimeters thick under their skin, which helps them survive in the winter where temperatures can reach -40 °c!
  3. The polar bear’s white or yellowish-white appearance is caused by the reflection of the light. Under it’s fur, the polar bear’s skin is entirely black.
  4. An adult polar bear weighs between 150-650 kg and is around 2-3 metres in length.
  5. The polar bear’s diet consists of sea creatures. (ex: seals, young walruses and beluga whales.)
  6. Mating takes place between March and May.

Polar bears are effected by climate-change because it produces global warming. Global warming is the planet getting hotter and hotter, which melts the icebergs in the sea. Polar bears need icebergs to hunt, sleep and most importantly, give birth to their cubs. If they can’t give birth, they can’t produce more polar bears. This is called dying out.

If this continues, they will become extinct.

Quick top 10 tips

Here are 10 things that you could change tomorrow!

  1. When you leave a room, turn out the light, to save electricity. If, like me, you have a younger sister who forgets, you could turn off their lights for them!
  2. Wash your hands and face in cold water (unless you have terrible germs on them).
  3. Lots of food can be turned into compost instead of thrown away.
  4. Think about whether you could keep using your old stuff instead of getting new things all the time (example: school bags).
  5. Ask your mum and dad to buy organic food whenever they can.
  6. Don’t ask  for peaches in January, get seasonal fruit instead (although this might be hard, if you’re a peach fan like me!).
  7. Try to use search engines that help the planet, like Ecosia (it plants trees when you use it).
  8. When you go shopping, take bags with you instead of getting plastic ones at the supermarket.
  9. When people give you cards, save them to be used later as pretty gift labels. Wrapping paper can be re-used too (if you don’t rip it off…).
  10. Help your poor parents  with the weeding, so they don’t use chemicals.