The Three R’s

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

These are the three R’s. Our school wants to be greener and this week we are celebrating activities with the objectives of making teachers and students:

  • reduce their water and electricity consumption and the rubbish we produce,
  • reuse objects if that is possible, and
  • recycle as much rubbish as possible.

These objectives are never easy to fulfill but there is much at stake: our Earth.

What is your carbon footprint? Here you can calculate it. There is a version for children here.

There are thousands of things which can be done to reduce our consumption and waste. In this fantastic American website you can explore and read on how to help save our planet.

But maybe you like simulation games too. If so, there are two funny and interesting interactive websites you might like to explore:

Recycle City (http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/mainmap.htm) – Click on the buildings and you can find out how workers and people recycle a lot of waste.

Dumptown City (http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/gameintro.htm) – Become the manager of the city and try to recycle without losing your job ūüėČ

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Reuse, reduce and recycle party left overs.

Welcome to the First Green Week at Clara Campoamor!!

 

The Art Department has planned a recycling activity to make jewlery out of pop tabs. Give your friends great bracelets, necklaces, belts,  key rings and flower pendants done with recycled materials.  You just have to gather in ring-pulls from soda cans, get a piece of ribbon or a strip of an old t-shirt and three safety pins.

These tutorials will help you to do it. Have fun thinking green!!

 

Pop tab bracelet

Pop tab flower pendant

2012 United Nations World Water Day

Today 22nd March United Nations celebrate World Water Day. The objective is to focus our attention on the sustainable management of fresh water. As you know, fresh water is a very valuable resource we need to preserve, especially in our own country and in years like this 2012. It is not raining too much and we risk a possible drought.

Do you know how much water we spend every day? Do you know how we spend this water? What do we use water for? Just for drinking? The answers to these questions will probably surprise and even shock you. Most of the water used goes to farming activities and just 7% goes to human consumption. Industrial activity, for example making paper, is the other great consumer of water. It is thus important to know what the water footprint is. It is a way of measuring our direct and indirect water use. It is the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by an individual or a community or produced by a given business. We drink two or three litres of water a day but how much water is needed to produce the food we eat? How how many litres of water are needed to produce one kilo of meat? Check this fantastic animation on water use here. Feel free to browse the UN website since there are other fantastic animations also available.

What do you think we can do to reduce this huge consumption of water? Any ideas are welcome. Any suggestions for our school?

And remember we are celebrating our Recycling Week next week so don’t forget to bring your empty two-litre bottles to school (ask your Technology teacher).

How to make a chair with empty pet bottles

A good way to recycle fizzy drinks empty plastic bottles is building a chair. Just some tape is needed. You can check in this brazilian website: http://www.recicloteca.org.br/passo.asp?Ancora=3. Although it¬īs written in Portuguese it¬īs easy to understand and the diagrams are very self-explanatory. Give it a try. In the picture you can see a possible outcome of this work.

Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park (Patagonia, Argentina). The glacier is 5 km wide and has a height of 74 meters.  It covers an extension of more than 200 square kilometers. This weekend tourists flock (go in large numbers) to see how the glacier will break once again. This rupture happens every four or five years and it is a huge tourist attraction. Why does the glacier break?

Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped Lago Argentino forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the Brazo Rico side of the lake can rise by up to 30 meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by the height of the dammed water finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event.

Here you see a video of the 2006 rupture:

What is a glacier?

Here you can read what a glacier is (Wikipedia)
Did you know that glaciers affect landscape and shape hills and valleys? Click here to watch a video on how glaciers during the Ice Age affected Irish landscape and shaped present-day Ireland (especially The Burren, a beautiful area in Ireland). You can also ask our Irish Geography teacher, Emma, or any of the other teachers in the Social Sciences Department.
Once you have watched the videos, you can always try this National Geographic quizz.