On Friday November 15th, 6th class watched the Youth Assembly on Climate Change that took place in the Dáil. Our class were very inspired by the words and ideas of the 157 delegates involved. As part of the assembly, the delegates made ten recommendations which they presented to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
We have decided that we would like to do our part and have come up with ten recommendations we would like to make to our school community. We hope you will do your best to implement some of our recommendations.
- Ditch the car! You can cycle, scoot, skate, walk or take public transport to school, work or to the shops. This will reduce fossil fuels used, can be better for your health plus it can be a lot of fun too!
- Be water aware! Do your best to turn off the taps when they’re not being used, have shorter showers, less baths and use a half-flush instead of a full-flush where possible. When washing dishes, fill your sink instead of having constant running water.
- Pick up the trash! Collect litter when you see it in public areas. Do your best to keep our parks, streets and beaches clean.
- Reduce meat and dairy consumption! Cows are one of the main producers of methane gases. Trying to have one or two vegetarian meals a week can greatly benefit our environment.
- Save yourself some money! Not only is it cheaper to run machines such as your dishwasher and washing machine at night, it is also better for the environment as this is when there is the greatest availability of renewable energy. Also, try to use a 30 degree cycle when washing your clothes and avoid the dryer as much as possible.
- Buy local! When you buy foods locally, you know where your food is coming from. You are supporting local community, benefiting small businesses and reducing the food miles of the food you eat. Eating food that is in season puts less stress on the Earth.
- Let you garden grow wild! Let a section of your garden grow wild. Plant trees or flowers to help bees and butterflies thrive. Don’t neglect your plants. Encourage your children to make bug hotels and plant trees.
- Re-use and re-purpose! Re-use clothes by buying from charity shops or giving your clothes to others to re-use if in good condition. Find other purposes for plastic bottles and container.
- Recycle! Make sure to sort your bins correctly. We are very lucky to live in Bray as we have our very own recycling centre that needs to be used more often if we want a future for this planet. The recycling centre accepts soft plastics that cannot be put into our recycling bins. See https://repak.ie/acf-facility/bray-2-2/ for some of the other materials that are accepted by the recycling centre.
- Spread the word! Tell as many people as you can about climate change and the things they can do in their households to play their part!