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Plastic pollution - help Eco Club reduce plastic waste

                                                                                                                                                       Mon, 21 Oct 2013

Inspired by plastic?

We've been finding out about how plastic is terrible for the environment and how it cause be incredibly destructive for marine life.  Today we saw plastic in a bit of a different light. Mandy Barker is a photographer who has been photographing plastic found floating in the ocean.  Some of her pictures are very beautiful.
 

 

 

 

To see some of her amazing work, please visit her website.

So there you have it - don't chuck your plastic out.  Make it into something beautiful!

 

                                                                                                                                                       Sun, 06 Oct 2013

NEWTs - your mission this year

Okay NEWTs, 

You have decided to take action on litter and plastic pollution this year.
First we need to get educated about the problem.  Below are some links to websites that will show us just how big a problem plastic pollution in.
Let's get researching!

Giant Garbage Soup

The amount of plastic pollution in our environment has been growing as a result of the large amount of packaging that covers the goods we buy and because of the large amount of disposable items that we purchase. 


From plastic forks to soap bottles, we have become a society that depends on single-use disposables, or items that we use, then throw away. 

Many would say that the amount of plastic that we use and then dispose of is out of control with much of it filling landfills, washing into our rivers and eventually making its way into our oceans. 

Once in the ocean, plastics often float just below the surface of the water, where a combination of sunlight and waves wear pieces of plastic down into smaller and smaller particles. 
These particles end up in massive whirlpool-like currents in the oceans, called gyres. Gyres could be described as circulating clouds of plastic rubbish or a giant garbage soup. 

There are five major gyres, but most of the research about how plastic pollution affects the ocean ecosystem has been done in the North Pacific Gyre. 

Marine wildlife (fish, birds, and mammals) is impacted the most by the plastic rubbish found in gyres. When fish and seabirds mistake tiny pieces of plastic for food and ingest or eat it, dire consequences are the result. Consumption of plastics causes dehydration, starvation, and eventually death. Fish and birds are not the only animals affected, however. There are also human health hazards to consider when toxic chemicals enter the marine food chain, as they eventually come back to us when we eat seafood.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a part of the North Pacific Gyre where trash has become so concentrated there is 40 times more plastic than plankton. This means there is 40 times more plastic than food for the marine animals living there to eat. 

While some of the plastic floats close to the surface of the ocean, most of it eventually sinks to the bottom, making cleanup extremely difficult. The plastic also acts as a kind of chemical-sucking sponge, concentrating the most dangerous pollutants found in the world’s oceans (PCB, DDT) into its small particles. This means that any animal that eats these pieces of plastic will also be eating toxic pollutants.

Where does most of this plastic pollution come from? To find the answer, look no further than the person who is shopping in a store and chooses an item packaged in plastic or made of plastic that will be quickly disposed of. This rubbish will end up circulating in the ocean, eaten by sea life, and eventually, again by humans. 

This plastic pollution is a serious problem, posing a tangible threat to our ocean ecosystem, and ultimately, to ourselves. 

Have a look at these websites to learn more.

Surfers Against Sewage http://www.sas.org.uk/issues/marine-litter/ - how are they tackling the problem?

Quick facts on plastic http://bagitmovie.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/quick-facts-on-plastic-pollution-from-greenfeet-com/
 
 
www.5gyres.org

www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex/

www.sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2011/02/plastic-pollution-gyres.html

www.bagitmovie.com/about_issues.html 

www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org 
 

                                                                                                                                                       Tue, 19 Feb 2013

It's spring and Eco Club have been as busy as bees!

 Welcome to Eco Club's blog.

We are very sorry that we have not written a blog for a long time, we have been very busy.

We have been doing a flag for the future, which is to save the arctic because the ice caps are melting due to people thinking it's okay to drill for oil.

Also Maisy and Holly have been filling in a form to get us £50.00 for our mini-beast city.

We have also been making a sign for the conservation area.

Bye for now, 
Edie, Ruby & Jasmine

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       Tue, 20 Nov 2012

Breathing Challenge

This is the breathing challenge!
Some of the eco team have been finding out how many times you breathe in a day  and how much CO2 you produce.
This is what we have found out so far.  
Did you know that one breath =0.5L which is 4% of CO2.
We also found out that you breathe 7 to 10 times in 30 seconds!
4% of 500ml = 20g of carbondioxide which = 1 breath.
1% = 125ml.
1% of 500ml = 5g of carbondioxide.
We estimate that you breathe 14 to 20 times in a minite.
28x2=56g.
4800g+24000g=28800g.
That is how much carbondioxide you breathe out if you do nothing but breathe - so that means you don't exercise.
So what a few of us did was figure out how much carbondioxide you breathe out if you exercise. So we doubled 28800g which = 57600g.
So now you know how much CO2 you breathe in a day!
 

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We raised £152.33!

Hello and welcome back to our Eco club blog. We would like to say a big THANK-YOU! to everyone who bought stuff on our stand at the school fair.
 

It is the last week of Eco club this week, until next year. We have been making cakes that are eco-themed to take home. OK, lets do the last Eco review of the term.

 

ECO ITEM REVIEW!

By Theo Binns

Last week, we went to Cribbs Causeway and found out that you can get an eco steam car wash which cleans your car better than water and is much more efficient than using water. Prices start from £7, but can go up to £95. For the top one, the "bee's knees" you get everything you need, such as seat upholstery cleaning, a full body and interior wash and a freshener and loads more! I would give it 7/10 because if your car has crumbs on it before the wash, mould will start growing on it.

RATING: 7/10

 

 

                                                                                                                                                       Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Hello again!

Hello everybody.

It is less than a week until the NPS summer fete (2.00 pm - 4.30 pm), where Eco club will have a stall selling plants, crazy grassheads, a Jumble-Bumble sale and even a chance to buy some of the land on minibeast city!
Please come to the stall because this will help us raise more money for Minibeast City. Thank-you!

Did you know that it is National Insect Week this week? It is trying to teach people more about the insects around us. You can find out more here: http://nationalinsectweek.co.uk/
 
ECO GADGET REVIEW!

By Theo Binns

Savasocket
The savasocket is an item which, by the click of a button, forces your TV/Xbox/DVD Player off standby! They claim that it can save you £40 a year. However, the savasocket doesn't come with a remote, so you have to already have a remote and connect it up to the little sensor. This is quite tricky, even with the manual. But the two plugs for things that you want on standby, such as a TV recorder is very useful.
Rating: 7/10

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Interesting discussions at Eco Club

Hello! We are back. This week in eco club, most of us are making amazing things to sell at the summer fair to raise money for Minibeast City.

We were also having an interesting discussion about how to power things in the future. This video is what started the discussion:
 

The discussion was about sunflower-oil powered cars, and how good they could be. However, Miss Malone told us that if we took down the whole school and planted sunflowers, we would barely have enough oil to get Mr Croker, our headteacher, half way home. So then we thought how we could have massive fields of sunflowers, but then we thought, 'What about all the power stations in the way?'. We wouldn't be allowed to replaced all the power stations with fields of sunflowers, even if they were used for oil.  So what do we get rid of instead?  Maura realised that that's what they chop down rainforests for!

This is one of the very few sunflower oil powered cars in the world, called the Lotus Exige 265E. This one, however, goes from 0-60 mph in only 3.8 seconds!

 

 

 

Then we thought about the benefits of solar panels. Imagine if all towns were like this...

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This week in Eco Club

Hello everyone! This week we have finished writing the letter to the beekeeper to ask him about giving us some bees. We are also applying for a free grant for minibeast city. We are also planning for the summer fair, because we are going to be there. Also, thank-you for everyone who has been donating construction materials, but we still need a bit more - especially pallets!

Have you wondered how exactly the solar panels help the school be more eco friendly?  Then wonder no longer.  Check out our new display in the Upper School Crush hall.

Ok, now let's get on with Environmental news.
ENIVRONMENTAL NEWS - ISSUE #2
 
Do you remember the Fukushima nucelar plant disaster that happened last year? Well, off the coasts of California, scientists have found Bluefin tuna with radioactive contamination on them. They guess they must have came up from Japan to the coast of California (The way the waves from the tsunami were going). Here is a picture from the BBC website of it:
 

 

If you want to find out more information, please click here.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                                                                                                                                      Wed, 16 May 2012

Bug city launch, and some environmental news

AN EXCITING, NEW ENVIRONMENTAL DEVLOPMENT FOR BUGS...

An exciting new bug city is now undergoing development! It will be located in the grass patch by the new staffroom, spare classroom and the Y2 classes. At the side of the page, you can see some of the pictures that gave us ideas. We are going to be raising money for it - stay tuned to find out how you can support or even own a piece of our bug metropolis. 

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS - ISSUE #1

By Theo
Hello, and welcome to Environmental news. You might have thought all animals were good for the environment, but you were wrong! There is a snake that scientists have found, called the Brown Tree snake, which is affecting the ecosystem. Find out more by clicking here.
Remember to keep checking the eco blog for more updates, and see you next time!

 

                                                                                                                                                       Tue, 08 May 2012

This term in Eco Club

Lucky Lock Returns

Hello Newbridge. Eco Club have decided to start the Lucky Lock again to get you all cycling again. Cycling is important because it gets us fit and helps saves the planet.  Please start cycling to school from Monday 14th of May. We have lots of new and cool prizes to be won.

Eco Club 

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The Big Pedal is underway!!!

After a modest start today and an information session in assembly, we're looking forward to seeing everyone cycling and scooting to school tomorrow, and for the rest of the competition.

Don't forget - parents count too - so get the whole family cycling to school.

And if there's a lock on your bike at the end of the day - don't worry - you haven't been clamped!  Take your bike or scooter to the office where we'll unlock it and give you one of our fantastic prizes. 

These include stickers, bike locks, lights, bells, hi-vis, t-shirts and even a bike helmet!

Visit 

www.thebigpedal.org.uk for more information.

 

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The Big Pedal

In eco club we are getting ready for the Big Pedal.

The Big Pedal is when we will be cycling to school as much as we can for 15 days.  We'll try to get our parents involved too.

Last year there were more than 800 schools competing int his event around Britain. We race against each other to see who can cycle virtually around Britain the fastest.  We are competing with 9 other schools in Bath and North East Somerset.  Do you think we can win?  We need everyone to cycle!

Don't forget our posters competition.  We would like you to design a poster to promote the Big Pedal.  Send your entries to 4m NOW.

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Eco club is BACK!

Hello Everybody!
Eco Club is BACK, but now there are more members, and we have bigger ambitions on how to make our school a more eco-friendly place. So far, this is what Eco Club has done to the school so far:

  1. Putting up Solar Panels
  2. Hosting Green Day
  3. Helped made Greenhouse

At first, Eco Club only had 4 members, and now there is more than 15 members!