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Pupils' team give school a big green examination

THE British International School Shanghai, Nanxiang green team conducted a "green team test" for the school.

The team then presented Principal Michael Embley with a report detailing the ways the school was addressing "green issues" and ways in which the school needed to improve.

One thing the students liked was the better air quality outside the city and the large playing fields. However in the area of recycling in school, the students felt that more work was needed:

"It's nice here because I don't cough and that's because it's cleaner." °??? Yuna, aged 6.

"We need to recycle paper because trees are important. Trees give us oxygen. If we need more paper we have to cut down more trees. Oh dear!" ?? Vincent, aged 6.

"Trees are important. If we don't cut down so many trees we can live in the world longer." ?? Hyun Soo, aged 6.

"We need to recycle paper because we don't want to cut down any more trees. The trees help us. We are very happy when we have clean air." - Sabrina, aged 7.

"We only recycle about 80 percent of the paper used in the school. We use old photocopy paper for art and sometimes we use plastic bottles and jelly cups for sculpture. Every student knows that throwing things away is wasteful but sometimes we still do it. If we want to get to 100 percent then we need to teach people that recycling is very important to all of us for our future. One other area that we need to work on is how well we look after plants. The school has many plants and all the students like them and try to look after them but sometimes we don't do enough to help them grow and some of them die." - Simon Yang, Yang Fei, Danielle Popov, Isis Embley.

Even the youngest students worked on the project and wrote their thoughts:

"Save trees - do not use too much paper." - Jasper, aged 5.

"Recycle, don't waste electricity, switch taps off." - Ryan, aged 5.

"We cut down trees to make tissues. To save trees we should not use too much paper." - Ashley, aged 5.

All BISS Nanxiang pupils, not just Secondary BISS Nanxiang pupils, are helping make the school green.

Primary EAL pupils offered these suggestions:

Don't throw out paper - use the back of the sheet for scrap paper; at lunchtime, bring your own cloth napkin and don't use paper napkins; ask your teachers to use both sides of the paper when they give lesson handouts; when you are outside, don't climb or damage the trees and don't kill insects.

There are two more things we can do to keep our school green.

First, do not waste food. If we get food at lunchtime we must eat all of it. If we waste food it will pollute the environment and the air and water when it becomes garbage. Finally, we should plant many more trees, flowers and grass. If we plant them we can improve the air which will improve our health.

By doing these things, we can make a "Green School," but if we don't put this into practice, it will be useless. We must not just talk about it, we must do it!

Article contributed by BISS students James Lee, Oscar Hsu, Jennifer Lee, Kevin Lee and Leo Kim.


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