“Everybody must be GREENed” was a School Collaboration that raised awareness on sustainability. First, students approached the concept of sustainability at an individual level by filling in a checklist on their own sustainable lifestyle. Findings were shared with students from other countries through Instagram. Then, students interviewed school management teams and teachers to understand sustainability at the school level, which were shared through a short video. Finally, by researching, observing and analysing similarities and differences of sustainable practices in various countries, students compared the concept of sustainability at a national level. The students presented their findings in an online magazine with URLs to Instagram and YouTube videos.
This School Collaboration invited students to take actions to protect the environment by making Ecobricks. An ecobrick is made of clean and dry plastic bottles to create a building block that can be used repeatedly. Plastic water bottles, straws, crisp packets, and bags have become a part of our daily lives. As they are not biodegradable, excessive use and improper management of them is now a major environmental threat. Ecobrick is one of the solutions to this threat as it can be used to make modular furniture, garden spaces, walls and even full-scale buildings. Building an ecobrick simply requires non-biodegradable plastic bottles and a stick to pack them together. Through the process of learning how to build and use ecobricks, this School Collaboration allowed students and school communities to gain awareness and take personal responsibility for their own use of plastic.