- Why worry about trees? 5. A green society
- Choose: what goes where? 6. Don’t leave rubbish behind!
- Cruel business 7. A green present
- Dead or endangered 8. Become green and get the prize!
A. How many rubbish bins do you have where you live? In our area there are about 6 of them, each bin for a different kind of rubbish. There are separate containers for glass, cans, paper, textiles, plastic bottles and food products. I’m sure it’s really good because lots of things which we throw away can easily be recycled. It’s time to start caring for our environment.
B. “Please, keep this place clean”. This is often written on picnic sites and camping areas in forests. Do we follow the recommendation? We have fun and enjoy the views and then throw away unwanted food, glass, plastic bottles, cans, wrappers and paper. Is that your “thanks” to nature? Make your site or travel route look like nobody was there. Leave no sign of human influence.
C. Before people started destroying the rainforests, they covered 15% of the Earth’s land area. Today, they cover only 6%. In just the last 50 years, one third of the tropical rainforests have been destroyed. If people don’t stop, global warming will become more severe, rare ecosystems will be destroyed, we’ll breathe polluted air and the climate will be changed forever.
D. In the first years of the 21st century there were lots of discoveries in the animal world. But in the past 10 years some animals have completely disappeared from earth. You can no longer see a golden toad, a baiji dolphin or a black rhino. It is frightening that today the process is going faster and faster. These days about 5000 animals could disappear at any time.
E. More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die from inhuman drug, food or cosmetic tests, biology lessons, medical training exercises and other experiments. It seems that we have no pity for them. Have you ever thought that we hurt them? If there isn’t testing on people there shouldn’t be testing on animals either.
F. For my birthday this year I got an unusual and unexpected invitation from a friend to plant a tree. It was a thrilling experience. On the day of the event I chose a tree myself, got some professional advice and did the job. I have never felt such joy. I know my “personal” tree will be part of a small park in the district, a place of beauty for people of all ages to enjoy.
G. The Green School Awards are for quality in environmental education. You can enter the competition as a whole school, a class, a team or an individual. The main task is to make a report on any topic mentioned on our website. You can present it in any form: a scrapbook, a DVD, a website, and so on. Each winner will get a cheque for £700.