Sustainability

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is fast approaching; it's next Saturday March 23rd 2013

Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Everyone has power to inspire people, make real change and impact in the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of schools, students, businesses, governments and organizations have stepped forward to lead and commit to Earth Hour, so we are inviting you to join us too in our global movement.

Teachers, students and the wider John Xxiii College community are taking part in Earth Hour please join us on Saturday 23rd at 8.30

World Water Day

World Water Day is next week Friday March 22nd 2013

World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water.

The fulfillment of basic human needs, our environment, socio-economic development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water.

Good management of water is especially challenging due to some of its unique characteristics: it is unevenly distributed in time and space, the hydrological cycle is highly complex and perturbations have multiple effects. Rapid urbanization, pollution and climate change threaten the resource while demands for water are increasing in order to satisfy the needs of a growing world population, now at over seven billion people, for food production, energy, industrial and domestic uses. Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users.

In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace. Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions. (www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013)

Please join in and celebrate World Earth Day and World Water Day with us!

If can contribute some sustainable ideas or suggestions for the College please feel free to email me reilly.linda@johnxxiii.edu.au

Let's work together to make a noticeable improvement in the area of sustainability at John XXIII College.

Linda Reilly (Kiernan)
Sustainability Coordinator