Last Wednesday, our class joined our year 6/7 buddy class to listen to a presentation by two Year 9 students from Victor Harbor High School. Maddie and Ella talked to the students about the impact rubbish is having on the environment and then asked the students to go out into the school yard and oval to collect any non recyclable and recyclable rubbish they find.
After only 20 minutes we had collected enough rubbish to fill a cut life size replica of a whale! :(
We then went back to the year 7 class and watched a video to reinforce the impact of rubbish on the environment. Students then got together to brainstorm ideas on how to reduce the amount of rubbish we have in our school environment and help protect our wildlife.
When we returned to our class, the year threes wrote a reflection on what they had learnt from the presentation and how they felt. They also wrote one change they could do to help change the world. Here are a few of these reflections;
“When I saw the whale I was disgusted at how much rubbish there was. My idea was that every person has there own garbage truck and drive their rubbish to the dump.” Matthew
“I felt really upset when I saw the photos. I learnt not to litter and when someone litters – it not only makes the world a disgusting place but it also kills wildlife as they mistake it for jellyfish or plankton or fish. Some photos made people upset when Maddie talked about it. I felt like I just had to do something about it, so I did. At recess I picked up 23 pieces of rubbish. If you see someone litter, pick it up and say “put this in the bi – it could save lives!” I am going to make a poster and it’s going to say “Pick Up Rubbish Wednesday and Friday Lunchtime. Meet at Oval. Help save Wildlife!!! Please join Us!” Maya
“This morning when Maddy and Ella were talking about rubbish and what happens to it, I felt very sad. When we picked up rubbish around the school I realised how much rubbish is in and around our school. I felt sad seeing pictures of animals dying or that had already died. I will make a change by not buying lots of small packets and just buy one big packet.” Sunset
“I felt sad for the wildlife animals in the sea and on land. I wish everyone would stop littering and care about wildlife as much as they care about their families, and try to help the wild animals. I think to stop ALL of the rubbish, is to take your rubbish home.” Kyle
“The whale was very scary to see how much rubbish was in it. I learnt that a lot of rubbish comes every day to school. There was a lot of rubbish up against the dog Park fence, I even found a large box! I also learnt that people put dog’s poo in bags and chuck them over the fence! A movie told me that scientist estimate about 3.5 million pieces of rubbish blows into the sea each year. My idea is that we get a hole in our school bins instead of the pop up lids.” Alex
They came up with some excellent solutions to the litter problem and I have included these below;
- My change is to never use plastic again. ~ Dylan.
- I think that we should only use containers. ~ Courtney.
- I think we should protest and put our rubbish in the bin. ~ Declan.
- Everyone should try and take containers to store food in and pick up as much rubbish as they can. ~ Lola.
- We can stop using plastic by taking containers and using paper bags. ~ Maggie.
- Stop bringing wrappers and just walk those couple of steps to the bin. ~ Esther
- We can save our sea life animals by, as soon as you get home, transfer all your plastic bags into containers and send kids to school with no plastics! ~ Tihana.
- My idea is to get a hole at the top of the bin because the pop up bins let rubbish come out. ~ Lucius
- I will start a campaign and I will put up posters to stop littering and try to get my friends to help. ~ Selena
- We should convince everyone to stop littering. ~ Jay
- So I have been thinking of a solution. That is to pick up at least 20 bits of rubbish every day. ~ Ellie
- You should make a difference to stop it being like this and make the world be here longer. ~ Kiara
Two girls from our class were so motivated by Maddies presentation, that they have set up their own website called Don’t Waste the Wild to help educate other children about how to save the environment and stop the rubbish pollution.
We loved this quote that Maddie shared with us at the end of her presentation.
I might not be able to save the entire world but if I pick up that piece of rubbish, I WILL save that fish’s world or that dolphin’s world or that sea bird’s world.
I may not be saving the entire world but I’ll be saving their entire world.
Maddie is passionate about changing the world. If you would like to follow her mission you can find her on instagram ~ @dontwasteourwaves