Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. And meanwhile, our planet must still supply us – and all living things – with air, water, food and safe places to live. If we don’t act now, climate change will rapidly alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival, leaving our children and grandchildren with a very different and difficult world.In the last 100 years, the global temperature has gone up by 1 degree Celsius. This is a trend that not only seems to continue, but also accelerate. To put this into perspective, a 2 degree drop could cause an ice age. Not only on global level do we feel the effects, also locally.
On the 4th of September, Africa Unite School Club from Delft Township, Simunye High School in partnership with SHOFAR Christian Church a christian based NGO in Delft organized a “Go Green” event.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the environment and get learners active in their school and community through voluntary work.
Simunye High school is in a poor state as there is trash everywhere, few trees and the building has not been maintained very well. This has a negative effect on the community and the learners as they will continue to harm the environment in which they depend on for sustainable growth.
Research has also shown that a good environment, a clean learning environment and lots of green has a positive effect on people. Higher motivation, better health and a greater sense of wellbeing are just a few of them.
The event was opened by a symbolic tree planting. To promote the importance of nature in a healthy environment.
The day consisted of a friendly competition which was done in three rounds.
– The first round was cleaning the front side of the school
– The second round consisted of sweeping the floors
– The third round consisted of cleaning the back side of the school
The students were divided into groups of five and the first group to fill a garbage bag would be the winner of the round.
The students were extremely motivated and working hard all day long. Not only trying to win, but also making sure the school was truly clean. This shows that the students are very capable of achieving things if
given the opportunity, which is what the Africa Unite School Clubs are all about.
The event comes ahead of two major events this year agreement on new sustainable development goals in New York in September and a new universal climate change agreement in Paris in December.
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