A Busy Year!

2015

A busy year for trying to raise awareness about climate change.

A busy year for trying to implement global change in order to hopefully prevent the further effects of climate change

A very busy year!

In 2015 the Pope released Laudato Si encouraging us all to work together in order to unite for a common cause; the protection of our world.

In 2015 thousands of people from all over the country lobbied at Westminster in order to encourage the prime minister to make a difference too.

In 2015 there was the Paris Climate Conference attended by 195 countries and showing that if we unite globally we CAN make a difference.

In 2015 we even made a rap about climate change and what you can do to help.

But there’s so much more to do!

What are you going to do to help the planet in 2016?

 

#SaveTheArtic

Recently, we went to an ethical conference with a variety of other local schools. We learnt about a range of different topics ranging from the environment to war and conflict, as well as ethical arguments such as the natural law and situation ethics.

Whilst here we were taught about Legos previous involvement with Shell, and how Shell were drilling oil in the Artic which was having drastic effects on not only the local wildlife but also the polar ice caps themselves. The video above, made by Greenpeace was very powerful, and I think that it captures the reason why the artic is so important.

However, Lego did end its partnership with Shell, and this shows that we can make a difference and one step at a time we can try and reduce the impacts of climate change and hopefully prevent global warming going over the crucial 2 degree Celsius tipping point.

Persistence is key, together we can make a difference!

What are you going to do to #SaveTheArtic?

Our goal!

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Recently we were discussing other ways that we could help other than simply raising publicity, and we have set ourselves a goal that we will, through a variety of ways, try and raise £1000 by Christmas in order to help our brothers and sisters overseas who are being most harshly effected by climate change.

So far we’ve managed to raise around £300 through a cake sale and a sponsored race that I ran, however we have a lot further to go. In order to raise more, we have had a few ideas, such as an environmental twist on an ordinary bag pack, creating a tuck shop to sell sweets and popcorn etc., and of course more running!

What are you going to do to make a difference this winter?

If you put your mind to something there is no limit to what you will achieve.

5 easy ways you can help

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  1.  Why don’t you walk? Not everywhere, but once a week you could walk or cycle to work or even use a form of public transport. This will not only help to keep you healthy but also help to reduce the massive emissions caused by transport. If your looking for a better alternative you could also invest in an electric car, as this is a very environmentally friendly option.
  2. Turn them off! Wherever possible try to save electricity, turn lights off, don’t leave your phone on charge over night, very small impacts on your lifestyle can have a huge effect on the environment.
  3. Reuse, reduce and recycle. Don’t waste materials that could have a better use elsewhere, try and recycle wherever possible, its a simple action, but if we all do it, it would have a huge effect.
  4. Try and have a greener supply of electricity, you could even simply invest in a solar panel, and this would help resupply electricity to the grid and therefore result in less fossil fuels being used, and a better world for everyone!
  5. Why don’t you get involved? You could do anything from a sponsored run to a battle of the bands, anything you can do will help us battle against climate change and to stop the drastic effects it is having and will continue to have.

If you don’t know what you want to do but you would like to get involved, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/A-Z-of-fundraising-ideas

Please feel free to share what you are doing in order to help, for example Richard grows his own herbs etc. The more you do even small things the better!

Thanks. Be a climate hero!

A visit to the European Parliament

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A few weeks ago, as part of an enrichment trip we visited Brussels and the European parliament, as well other countries and cities. This was a fantastic opportunity to not only experience different cultures and ways of life, but also learn about a variety of topics.

Whilst we were at the European parliament, we learnt about the electoral process, which is quite different to that used in England, and instead uses proportional representation. At the European Parliament we met one of the MEP’s representing the North East, our local region; Judith Kirton-Darling. This was very interesting and she told us about a variety of different topics as well as life as an MEP.

Climate change is a very important topic within global and European politics at the moment, especially so with the upcoming Climate Change conference in Paris in November 2015. Although this is a huge problem we are facing, there is evidently a strong push for a cleaner and greener world, and the European Parliament is no exception.

However in order for world change we need to start with change on a smaller scale, every action you do will help, and lots of smaller actions will cause a larger action to take place. This is proven by the fact, because of the publics action, Judith, one of Labours European representatives in the North East, has also took action against climate change. Her actions have included trying to maximise the usage of carbon storage within the North East, trying to spread the necessity to stop global warming as well as many other actions. This was very encouraging to hear because it means that people are taking action against climate change and recognizing the threat it poses to the future generations!

Change starts with you. So are you ready to be the change you want to see in the world?

Embrace the challenge!

The Great North 5k

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I recently participated in the Great North 5k, this is part of a phenomenal weekend in the north east, and was the opening race of a weekend which also included the junior and mini Great North Run, as well as the Citygames, and most famously, The Great North Run which had over 50,000 participants this year.

I decided I wanted to do more than just educate about climate change for CAFOD, and therefore I decided to try and fundraise, I set myself a goal of the Great North 5k this year, and then next year, when I’m old enough, I’ll do the Great North run.

Why don’t you try to fundraise in one of the many races around the country? It was a amazing experience and I’m sure you, like me, will find it great fun. On the day I even met one of my role models Mo Farah, as well as lots of other inspirational people, who were running for a variety of reasons!

I managed to raise around £150 and I will certainly do more fundraising in the future. I strongly encourage you to also fundraise or help in any way you can. It is a lot of fun, and being able to help our brothers and sisters overseas in this way is a truly humbling experience.

If you would like to help but you are unsure what you can do, then simply visit:

http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise

Thank you and I hope to see you at the Great North Run next year!

2 Minute Beach Clean!

One of the 2 minute beach clean signs found In Croyde beach and Crooklets beach
One of the 2 minute beach clean signs found in Croyde beach and Crooklets beach

I know this isn’t officially about climate change but its a related topic and I thought this idea was just too good not to mention…

Well, last week I was on holiday in North Devon and when I visited Croyde Beach I noticed a sign encouraging people to do a 2 minute beach clean, I thought this was a fantastic idea and happily took part, and I will hopefully do many more of these 2 minute beach cleans in the beaches nearer to me in the North East.

When I got home I decided to look into the concept further because I loved the idea and I found out how expansive this campaign for cleaner beaches has became, this compelled me to take further action as I now know how big the problem of litter, especially on beaches is, and how it not only highly unattractive, but also harms marine life and can hurt the people who go to these beaches.

I decided to write this blog in order to encourage as MANY people as possible to take action if you have time (of course you’ll have time it’ll only take you two minutes!)

Post your results on Instagram or Twitter using #2minutebeachclean

For more information visit

http://beachclean.net/whats-new/

Or follow this on instagram to see what other people have found in there 2 minute beach cleans.

@2minutebeachclean