Community Engagement: Sustainability Project

In this world, the biggest problem is Global Climate change. The reason why I do not say Global Warming is because not every country is heating up, some heat up and some cool down. To stop this issues there are many solutions. Two of them being recycling and upcycling. Therefore my friend started this club at my school, the “Sustainability Project”. It aims for people to reuse their clothing and upcycle so you want to wear recycled clothing. Since an abundance of people does not realize the consequences of throwing their garbage in the sea or even drinking out of a PET bottle, it is my, and others who partake in this service groups, responsibility to raise awareness.

Personally, this club made me more aware of how many PET bottles I use, and how many clothing articles I buy but then throw away. This club showed me the importance and the effect of this certain lifestyle. This is why I am so passionate and active in the group. This is my second year in the Sustainability group, and I might even consider doing something with sustainability in the future.

To spread the word of sustainability, in the past we have had workshops. In one of those workshops, we talked about the environment, how it is important to take care of it because our consequences hurt some food cycles, including ours. Ie. poisoning the sea with our garbage poisons the phytoplankton then small fish eat those phytoplanktons, so they get poisoned too. After this, we sometimes eat those fish, and we become poisoned. This is how our laziness comes back to us. Then we would proceed to talk about we can prevent this by recycling, ie bottles, and clothing. As an example for them, we showed them how we can recycle clothing by giving them patches of material and then sewing them together to make a little pouch, where they can store things in. This was important to do because now they have the knowledge of recycling and upcycling and what happens when they do not. With this, the aim was not to completely make them sustainable, but at least make them conscious of their actions and perhaps change some of their habits.

In addition to this, we set up a little workstation at food fair 2018 where we people can buy patches of clothing, which was taken from a clothing drive and cut up into pieces, and create a design with paint, eco-friendly, on them. This way they can wear this upcycled piece of clothing as a bandana, or any way they prefer, and still look amazing!

Our next goal is to upcycle so many clothes so we can have a fashion show in the end and make upcycling a trend. To take a step towards this goal, my friends and I have targeted the fashion trends and analyzed what type of clothing we could upcycle so it appeals to our audience. Therefore, we have already started by creating a trendy bomber jacket out of a lab coat.

Furthermore, in Japan, they love plastic and plastic bottles, PET bottles. In order to attack this problem, we will be sawing off the heads of the bottles (the mouthpiece and lid), then sanding the edges straight. Afterward, we will be attaching another piece of plastic at the bottom of the sawn-off head, a piece taken from the rest of the bottle. This way we make tiny reusable containers. Then we will be teaming up with another service group in our school, the animal relief club, they will be making organic cosmetic products, which are obviously not tested on animals, and storing them in the containers we made. Then at the upcoming food fair, we will sell them. From the profit made, we will invest in more tools that will help us upcycle and recycle.

Here is a picture of me at food fair 2018, I am the girl in the middle.

Wellness: PSHE, Soccer and Yoga

To be physically mentally/emotionally, socially, and spiritually well, means you have a balanced life. One needs to engage in exercise every day, get in touch with yourself and surround yourself with people who make you happy. I learned a bit about Wellness in my Grade 10 PSHE class, which stands for Personal, Social and Health Education. In an attempt for self-wellness, I participate in activities such as soccer (Mon./Wed./Fri.) or running. Additionally, I try to have me-time, every so often, where I just put on a face mask and partake in my hobbies such as sketching or self-care. Moreover, this year I joined yoga (every Thurs.) to get in touch with myself. I try to do all these activities a couple times a week, to keep a balanced life.

Firstly, sports are very important in every day-to-day life, it makes us healthy, strong and live long! The sport I enjoy most is Soccer. From when I was little, I have always loved kicking around a ball, but I was always so afraid to join the soccer team– because I am by all means not a professional. But then I thought, that is was soccer practice is for, to improve yourself. So two years ago, I tried out for a team and made it on Varsity! Due to practicing 3 times a week (Mon./Wed./Fri.), I was able to practice my skills and improve my health in parallel. In addition, I felt a boost in my emotional wellbeing as well. If school was going badly, I would feel a loss of control, but I could rely on soccer of regaining that feeling and therefore, motivation. Now I am much happier and feel in control.

Below is a picture of our team, I am in the back standing and the only one wearing a white shirt (also #12).

Secondly, to get in touch with myself, I have prioritized sleeping and taking time for myself. To indulge in this further, I signed up for yoga classes. The yoga sessions, every Thursday for an hour, allows me to just focus on me and being present. Ever since I signed up, it has made me more relaxed, happier and motivated to take things one step at a time, instead of rushing everything. Which I find very important, and everyone should try this. I am not saying everyone should do yoga, but they should try doing something which allows them to focus on themselves only and not allow their minds to drift on further heavy tasks, but just themselves. This way everyone could feel more relaxed.