St. George’s students energized on Earth Day!
According to our calendars, April 22 is Earth Day – a celebration of the achievements of the environmental movement since its inception in the 1970s. As environmental and climate change issues become more pressing, so too does a need to engage with a collective responsibility to effect change in an active way.
At St. George’s, learning takes the form of special projects and activities relating to sustainability for one day each May. The custom began at our school’s Elementary campus years ago, but has since grown to involve the entire K to 11 community.
Last year, Grade 7 to 11 students participated in a day of action with the inaugural Earth Day Summit, a first the High School campus. The event was an overwhelming success that involved nearly a quarter of the student body in facilitating workshops for their peers and teachers.
On the morning of Friday, May 3, High School students again ran and participated in workshops exploring topics like biodiversity, climate change and energy efficiency. Before ending the day with a walk-a-thon fundraiser for our friends at the Sheela Bal Bhavan home for girls in Jaipur, the student body, teachers and staff committed to a “zero waste” picnic lunch on Mount Royal – that is, a meal with minimal environmental impact through use of reusable and compostable materials.
A week later on Friday, May 10, Elementary School students, parents and teachers devoted themselves to yard work and innovative urban agriculture projects, including planting crops of herbs and leafy greens that will be harvested for local food banks later in the year. These activities are long-standing traditions at the Elementary School!
“For years, Earth Day events at our elementary school have inspired and unified our community of students, teachers, and parent volunteers,” says Head of School Sharon Klein. “Last year’s high school Earth Day Summit provided an invaluable platform for student activists; as workshop leaders they channeled a contagious energy into igniting a similar passion and sense of urgency in their peers.”