Instituto Pío X, a Don Bosco Green Alliance member, from Cordoba in Argentina conducted activities that showcased their commitments towards Care for our Common Home. The following activities were conducted:
Care for Animals: Students of Grade 1 along with their English teacher Lilian Daza, continue their research about the Amazon, read about the characteristics of the different animal species and their preservation; with this information they made descriptions of the animals, looked for images of their families and presented everything in colourful posters.
The posters were distributed in the school’s galleries so that all students and teachers could read the descriptions of these animals and become aware of the need to care for these species and their much-needed contribution to the various ecosystems they inhabit.
Eating well, living well, feeling well: The Students of Grade 1 with their teacher Lilian Daza also worked on the topic “the human and his needs for a healthy and balanced diet. The first graders emphasized the importance of organic food production for a better consumption of nutrients and highlighted the need for a school canteen that includes healthy foods such as fruits and cereals. Likewise, they detailed the good that the practice of sports does to us; in contrast to the harmfulness of stress for our body and mind.
Eco Bricks (Ecoladrillos): Students of Grade 1 along with their Biology teacher Sandra Rapi suggested that they make bricks with plastic bottles. The Eco-Bricks (Ecoladrillos) consist of depositing plastic waste or aluminium paper in the bottles and compacting the material inside the bottle; always making sure that the waste we put in the bottle is clean, dry and that it is not organic waste or batteries. Finally, with the material inside well compacted, close the cap and we have an Ecoladrillo.
In this way, the students make it possible for us to move forward with Commitment No. 3 assumed with Don Bosco Green Alliance:
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Teaching by example, we will place in each classroom containers, created and intervened by the students of each course, where we will separate the waste produced: paper, plastic and organic.
The invention of the Ecoladrillo proposes simple solutions to complex problems. First, it gives us alternatives to reuse all types of plastics, which in some cases take up to 700 years to decompose. Secondly, it generates a source of work for those in charge of making them and reduces the amount of garbage that goes to landfills. And finally, it creates awareness in society about the importance of building a new material from the reuse of certain products.