Today in Nusa Dua, Green School Bali alongside the United Nations Environment Programme hosted an unprecedented event together – the launch of the United Nation’s global Clean Seas campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter.
Green School was represented by our Head of Academics, Leslie Medema, our student activists and founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags Melati and Isabel Wijsen and 4 primary students (Denise, Putri, Paz and Isla) from our Green School and Kul Kul Connection programmes. Ibu Leslie and the primary students opened the ceremony with a welcome and traditional Balinese dance and Melati and Isabelle closed the ceremony with their inspiring details of the largest beach cleanup in Bali history last Sunday and a further call to action.
Prior to the launch, Green School Bali and BBPB, had an opportunity to breakfast with Erik Solheim and share about our education and activism. The overall event represents an amazing opportunity to share the Green School Bali vision, culture, and the ACTION taken by our students. As we move from local to global with our efforts and our eduction, this event represents a wonderful opportunity to begin that dialogue with global leaders and our own community.
23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.
Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products; and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habits – before irreversible damage is done to our seas.
Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, said, “It is past time that we tackle the plastic problem that blights our oceans. Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables. We’ve stood by too long as the problem has gotten worse. It must stop.”
WHAT ‘S ON
Friday Feb 24 8.30-9.30am | Touch Footy | Soccer Field 8.30am | Wild Fitness | Soccer Field Parking 2-5pm | Farmers Market 2.30pm | Dance Assembly + Brazilian Carnival Party | Sangkep 3.30-4.30pm | Basketball
Monday Feb 27 8.15am | Yoga Intermediate II | Yoga Bale 8.30am | Jungle Run | Freak Coffee 8.30am | Wild Fitness | Soccer Field Parking
Tuesday Feb 28 8.15am | Yoga Intermediate II | Yoga Bale 9.30-10.30am | Zumba | Sangkep 4-5pm | Gamelan | Music Room
Wednesday March 1 8.30am | Wild Fitness | Soccer Field Parking 3.30-4.30pm | KKC Gardening | KKC Kebun
Thursday March 2 8.15am | Yoga Foundation | Yoga Bale 4-5pm | Gamelan | Music Room
Friday March 3 8.30-9.30am | Touch Footy | Soccer Field 2.30pm | Assembly | Sangkep 3.30-4.30pm | Basketball
NOTE: events can change, so please check the noticeboard at school’s entry for updates throughout the week.
It is a great honor to welcome Marko Pogacnik, UNESCO Artist for Peace from Slovenia, for an exclusive parent workshop to Green School! Thursday, 2nd March 8.30-10am upstairs warung. Marko is a well known geomant and Earth healer. He will give an introduction of different methods of perception, interpretation, and healing of places and landscapes.
FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Empowering Our Future – Beach Clean Up
Last weekend over 12,000 people cleaned up around Bali for the One Island One Voice’s Biggest Island Clean Up organized by Bye Bye Plastic Bags. Parents, students, faculty and staff plus residents and visitors of Bali all went to various beaches around Bali to do their bit to clean up Bali. There was a lot of waste, a lot to do and a lot of plastic straws to pick up and collect. Some of us came from as far as Ubud and Sibang Kaja on the Bio Bus to come help out and it was great to see so many people playing their part and cleaning up the beaches.
Bali’s Biggest Beach Cleanup
Together with Bye Bye Plastic Bags and the One Island One Voice campaign, our Jalan Jalan class organized last weekend’s Bali-wide beach clean up. The preparation involved endless emails, mass collaboration, and lots of promotion. Although it was a lot of work, it was really fun and was a great way to get together with others and work together to bring people together to address an issue that we are all passionate about.
We wanted to get local schools and kids involved as much as possible, so we sent out letters to local schools hoping to get their support and encourage the kids to come help. We also reached out to international schools around Bali. It paid off, as the their turnout was amazing!
This was a really great way for people to meet new friends and get to know each other. In the end, more than 12,000 people showed up to help with the clean up. At Batu Bolong alone,1.5 tons of trash was collected. An estimated 40 tons of trash was collected from all the beaches. 11% of that was straws only. Say no to plastic!
A big thanks to everybody who showed up to support!
By Eloise O’Grady – Grade 9
Safe Traffic = Healthy Community
To minimize accidents on the street in front of Green School we have developed a new Drop Off Zone at the Northeastern end of Green School’s parking zone. This new Drop Off Zone is to ensure that students step-in and -out of a car in a more safe manner, while the main road is still to be used by other road users. Please use this space to drop-off students and do not use the main street.
PE & SPORT
NEXT GSPA MEETING
Due to GS Dance Week and space restrictions the GSPA Feb Meeting will be postponed for FRIDAY 24th MARCH – Sangkep @ 8.30am. If parents have an Agenda Item they would like to put forward please email email@example.com.