Sustainability

World Environment Day 5 June 2015

Pope Francis on climate change:
'The consequences of environmental changes, which are already felt in a dramatic way in many States, especially the insular ones in the Pacific, remind us of the gravity of negligence and inaction. The time to find global solutions is running out. We will only be able to find adequate solutions if we act together and in agreement. Hence, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act…"
Message to UN Convention on Climate Change, 11 December 2014

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). John XXIII College will be recognising this day and keeping the idea of action throughout next week running a series of activities at lunchtime and a photo competition showing sustainable practices. The eco warrior student environmental group led mass today with an Environment day theme. A reminder to all that John XXIII College has a battery recycling program. Please remember to bring in old unused batteries to the battery bin in the front office and keep an eye out for details of new battery bin locations over the next few weeks.Think global, act local.

Green tip: Most of the 15 billion batteries manufactured each year are alkaline batteries, which are discarded after their life cycle. Batteries that are thrown away and taken to landfills break down and leak chemicals into the groundwater. With so many electronic devices surrounding us, it makes environmental and financial sense to switch to rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries. Try to choose reusable batteries and recycle all batteries when they die.