Posts Tagged ‘Envlronment’

This week we are looking at role models who do a lot to help the environment.  After quite a bit of research, we discovered that quite a few celebrities campaign and care for what is happening to the earth.  Here are a few of our favourite:

WoodyWoody Harrelson, as well as being an actor, is also an environmental activist. He loves attending festivals, has attended protests on environmental issues and on one occasion climbed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to unfurl a banner that read, “Aren’t ancient redwoods more precious than gold?”

In October 2009, he was given an honoraryLeo degree by York University for his contributions in the fields of environmental education, sustainability, and activism.  We love you Woody!  (By Kayleigh)

Leonardo Dicaprio has made several films to educate the public about environmental issues, including 11th Hour. On July 7, 2007, Dicaprio was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth (see pic).

He joined Al Gore at the 2007 Oscar ceremony to announce that the Oscars had thought about the environment throughout their planning and production processes. (By Alice)

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James Cameron, director of movies such as Titanic and Avatar, has just directed a new documentary series called “Years of Living Dangerously”. The series focusing on global warming.

The first season premiered on April 13, 2014 in the USA. Cameron has involved many famous actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Harrison Ford.   The project consists of a series of separate stories on climate change, which unfold over nine episodes. Below is the first episode:

We didn’t realise that so many celebrities wanted to make a difference. (By Julia)

The CAFOD Climate Blogger Team

The Popes new encyclical on climate change has just been launched with the opening paragraph setting the tone for the document.

The Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorised to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”  Pope Francis (June 2015).

The document calls for swift action, and action was what some St James students were upto today.  Several year 10 students joined schools from across the country to lobby their MP on Climate Change.  After a training session in Romero House, the team headed for Archbishop Park, where students prepared and shared their climate concerns with the other schools.

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Each school with the help of CAFOD had organised an appointment with their MP.  St James’Catholic High School is located in the constituency of Hendon.  Matthew Offord MP met us just outside Parliament and talked with the group for about 45 minutes.

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After a quick photoshoot the students got to business asking about electric cars, renewable energy and concerns about lack of green space for all the new houses being built in Colindale.  Having a Geography degree, Mr Offord MP was very clued up about the climate and impressed the students with his answers.  We will have another post soon with a video of his answers.

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In addition to answering the many questions, Mr Offord MP agreed to take part in our chatterbox activity.  He ended up going head to head with Autumn.  We certainly gave him a run for his money with the questions.

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We hope that this trip is just the beginning of both learning more about climate change, and putting the Pope’s encyclical into action.

St James’ Climate Bloggers

Posted: November 29, 2014 in CAFOD
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We are St James’ Climate Bloggers. Welcome to our first post. Our team includes Kayleigh, Ryan, Gabriella and Finlay.  We are Year 8 students with a passion for our world.

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St James’ is a school in north London. We already have an “E” (Environment) team. The whole school recycles and many of our staff do their but too:

What we have found is that whilst the staff do amazing things, many of us students are quite wasteful and are not aware of the impact we are having. We thought that we would start with changing things in Year 7. We asked our head teacher if we could help out at the Year 7 retreat. With the help of CAFOD we helped run a simulation game about a flood, and the responses needed. It was soooo frustrating as another disaster happened and our plans went up in smoke. You can download the game by clicking on this link: The Flood Game We then got all the Year 7 students to write a pledge about how they can change their habits and therefore help the environment too.

Year 7 Pledges

Gabrielle helping on the retreat

Our next steps are to

– Help launch the One Climate One World campaign in our school in January

– Go into assemblies and talk about the small things that can be done, and the change this would make if we all did it together. We hope to talk to staff too plus take over a notice board at school.

– During Lent we are going to ask everyone to think about the environment when giving something up, and encourage simple living.

– We will create and display a prayer board in the chapel where everyone’s environmental concerns are placed and then prayed for.

– We have a stall at the Grahame Park Festival which is attended by our local MP’s. At this we hope to find out about environmental issues in the community and talk to our local MP and present him with the school pledges.

– We know that Pope Francis is thinking and praying a lot about the environment. In the 2013 Easter message he said

Take good care of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting around it.

We have heard that further writings on the environment by Pope Francis are going to be published next year.  We hope to take his thoughts and ideas and try and make them happen in our school.

Our Chaplain has allowed us to post a monthly blog on this site so that you can follow our progress. If CAFOD choose us to be their bloggers then our work and the work of the E team may even be posted further afield. Please please please comment on our post and let us know what you think – especially if you have any more ideas on how we can help change the carbon footprint of our school community and beyond. Thanks for reading this, Kayleigh, Ryan, Gabriella and Finlay