Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Earth Hour

Posted by Peter MUIR

Six years ago saw the first Earth Hour event held in Sydney Australia, where 2.2 million Sydneysiders and 2,100 businesses participated by turning off lights and electrical devices for one hour.  Earth Hour has grown much in that time, with this year’s event looking to involve over millions of people in over 140 countries.  One part of Earth Hour’s campaign, the “I will if you will” initiative on YouTube has already attracted four million participants and received more than 200,000 commitments from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments, all taking their action for the planet far beyond the hour.

And that is what is required for us to change direction that our Earth is heading – the world is undoubtedly facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in its history.   The only work to find solutions and to act on these problems is if we do it together – together our individual actions add up to make a difference collectively.

What can you do as an individual; what can we do as a school to change our practices.   And how could you make it so that these actions could be a meaningful part of your CAS / C&S programme?

Designed for the dump

Posted by Peter MUIR

This clip, posted by the student organisers of the DC Ethical Consumer Week, looks at the problems associated with the consumption of electronic items.
Designed for the dump means making stuff to be thrown away quickly. Today’s electronics are hard to upgrade, easy to break, and impractical to repair.  Our high-tech revolution’s collateral damage is 25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. What we need is for electronic designers to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.  Click here to see more details about  “The Story of Electronics”

What is ethical consumerism?

Posted by Peter MUIR

This week is ‘Ethical Consumer Week’ at DC.  The students organising this week have prepared a number of activities for students to take a part in – quizzes, games, a role-play, displays – all aiming to improve understanding of ethical consumerism that hopefully leads to principled action (IE us being an Ethical Consumer!).

As a part of the week students will be sharing related clips in the daily bulletin.  Here is the first clip …

Everyone loves a bargain, but how often do we think of the origins of the products we buy? Who made these products, under what conditions and at what cost to the environment? This clip tackles the issue of ethical consumerism, focusing on the global consumer, ethics, sustaining our future, fairtrade and consumer choice.