This is a worldwide problem but it is especially big in Hong Kong and our landfills are filling up fast with all the stuff we buy and hardly use.
But I’m not here to talk about what’s going wrong, I’m here to give some ideas about what we can do to change, starting right here in our school.
I have set a challenge for myself: to reduce my daily waste and I hope you will join me to make FIS a cleaner place.
So join me in my challenge: let’s not use the plastic spoons at the canteen but the metal reusable ones.
About a month ago, there was no more metal forks available for a whole week so we all had to use the disposable plastic ones. When I asked Sodexo about this, they answered that they buy metal forks at the beginning of each term but that students throw them away together with their food either by mistake (it happened to me!!!) or by laziness to bring them back to the canteen.
Same thing goes for the plastic straws. We often think that our actions are so small that they cannot make a difference. We say “what difference is it going to make if I use a straw or not, it’s such a small action, it’s not going to change anything”. But if 7 billion people around the world stop using plastic straws, it would make a huge difference because manufacturers would just stop making them.
And if we all brought our reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable ones, we would save millions of plastic waste going to our landfills and in the ocean.
Other things we could do around school include not printing on paper unless absolutely necessary. This message is especially for you, teachers since you have authority over us students: when you assign homework, ask your students to email it to you rather than print it. Aren’t we in the internet generation.
So go ahead and do your small actions and encourage your friends and family to do the same and together we will change the world!