WIth December upon us and the holidays rapidly approaching, Green Scholars have brainstormed a list of tips to keep your holiday green:
1. Buy reusable gifts such as reusable water bottles.
2. Gift donations to environmental charities.
3. Use a reusable (fake) Christmas tree every year.
4. Keep Christmas lights on a timer to preserve energy and turn them off when leaving the house.
5. Compost any leftovers you cannot finish.
6. Recycle all waste from gifts.
The Green Team from Manchester-Essex High School participated in a tree decorating activity this weekend at a local greenbelt. The Essex Green Belt will be hosting Christmas scavenger hunts throughout the holiday season on their grounds, so they asked the Green Team to decorate pine trees outside with only compostable materials. The goal is to get children to appreciate nature, exercise outdoors, and realize the ways in which they can use green, reusable or compostable materials in creative ways. Decorations included dried apples strung on thread, dyed penne pasta strung on thread, and pine cones made into ornaments.
Today at MERHS Dr. Ian Kerr came and presented his work about being an oceanographer and the environment. The Green Scholars program, some health classes, and a few science classes all went down to watch his intriguing presentation. Kerr explained all about what it is like to be an oceanographer and then ties it all into how to be sustainable. By adding in a witty sense of humor to the presentation and using examples of the world today he made the students interested in everything he had to say. He talked about how the BP Oil Spill was affecting the environment and how the whales that lived in the Gulf of Mexico were being harmed by it. He also brought in a “Snot Bot” that he uses in his research to collect samples from the whales. The “Snot Bot” can collect the bacteria and hormones from a whale’s breath so they can analyze it. Overall, the presentation was a hit with the students and they learned a lot about what it is to be an oceanographer and ways that it ties into the environment.
-The Executive Team