Last week, High School kicked off a month long Earth awareness campaign. The theme for this year is End Plastic Pollution, with school-wide efforts being made to Refuse/Reduce single-use plastic. Through discussions, videos, debates and guest speakers, students are being challenged to find new ways to live a more sustainable life and make a difference in their community.
The week started with an assembly, in which students got to see the shocking effect of plastic overuse on our planet, and were encouraged to make some daily changes in their consumption of plastic (to use reusable bottles and bags, for example). On Tuesday, three staff members gave students a sneak peak of their documentary: Khutrao Khutrao. In it they travel to Lonquimay, in the south of Chile, and show us the natural beauty of our country during their white winter expedition.
Midweek, the students from the Debate Team held a debate on Cultured Meat—meat grown in cell culture instead of inside animals. After both teams finished discussing both sides of the issue, students in the audience had the chance to ask questions and voice their opinions. The debate had some thoughtful arguments from both the debate team and the audience, and it was great to see students involved in critical thinking and considering long-term solutions for the sustainability of the planet.
On Thursday, guest speaker Paulina Torres gave students insights on how to live a Zero Waste life. Through her work in the local school Sol Naciente, she is changing the community's approach to waste and providing them with tools for long-term change. The week ended with the "Threes for Trees" event at the outdoor basketball courts, in which a boy and girl from each grade got 2 minutes to see how many 3-pointers they could make. Many teachers sponsored a grade, which means they agreed to donate $3,000 each time their grade's student put the ball through the hoop. The Sophomore class won with 25 3-pointers. They succeeded in raising $609,000, all of which will be donated to Fundación Reforestemos Patagonia for the planting of 203 trees to our "Nido Forest" in Parque Nacional Cerro Castillo.
All in all, it was a successful Earth Week, in which students were actively engaged in discussions in and out of their classrooms. Thank you to the organizing team for this amazing initiative!