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| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Return to sender

Here’s an interesting tale about trash for your students: to demonstrate how it feels to be a dumping ground for developed nations, Indonesia recently decided to send more than 210 tons of garbage back to its point of origin, Australia. (In 2018, China set the ball rolling when it banned imports of foreign plastic waste.) The Indonesian environment ministry made the decision after customs officials opened up eight containers in Surabaya City and found them full of waste paper, hazardous cleaning agents and others household items such as soiled nappies. Toxic waste is often referred to as B3 waste in Indonesia. France, the US, Germany and Hong Kong have also been using Indonesia as a dumping ground and will have their waste returned home. These countries have violated Indonesian import rules. Other Southeast Asian nations are also fed up with the West. Recently, Jakarta returned five containers of waste to the US. In May, neighbouring Malaysia pledged to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste to Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the US. And the Philippines recently rejected 69 containers of rubbish and sent it back to Canada. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has stated that about 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year and end up in landfills or the ocean, because there simply isn’t anywhere else to put it. Perhaps your students could mail (or hand deliver) the trash around your school to its original ‘owners’?

Every child deserves a WeGrow experience

The WeGrow School in New York City is a recent ‘green education’ success. It was created by WeWork, a company dedicated to refurbishing work spaces, in collaboration with architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group. The school ticks all the boxes when it comes to the requirements for early childhood development: it’s full of space and light and tactile surfaces. Its architecture curves in round, organic ways and its furnishings are portable. A ‘forest-like’ atmosphere is everywhere. Located in trendy Chelsea in Manhattan, WeGrow’s design encourages children to explore different spaces. Bjarke Ingels Group said it wanted to ‘undo the compartmentalisation found in traditional schools… by interweaving learning with playing spaces. The school environment becomes a third teacher that unleashes the superpower of each child.’ WeGrow boasts four classrooms, flexible makerspaces and community spaces, a multipurpose studio, an art studio and a music room. Looking up is awesome: sound-absorbing ‘clouds’ constructed from felt and decorated with natureinspired patterns hang from the ceiling and are illuminated by bulbs that change in colour and intensity throughout the day.

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