Laudato Si

Taking Care of God’s Creation


Thursday, March 2, 2017

This Lenten Season, Holy Trinity students will focus on little, everyday things that we can do to help our environment.

March 2017: Lenten Environment Focus
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1.

Ash Wednesday
Give up bottled water for Lent…and then forever?

2
Bring and use a reusable water bottle to school.
3

Turn off lights in classrooms before leaving.

4

Don’t turn up the heat, put on a sweater – it’s almost Spring!

5

Take the EPA Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint:
Global Climate Change Pledge

6

Recycle properly – paper is always recycled

7
Recycle properly – glass is always recycled (but rinse first).
8
Recycle properly – aluminum or cans are always recycled (but rinse first.)
9
Go on a litter patrol of your classroom, hallway or street around school.
10

Unplug chargers when you aren’t using them-they actually use energy!

11

Go on a litter patrol of your house, yard or street.

12

When buying fruit and vegetables, try picking ones that are grown nearby so trucks and planes don’t work overtime to get them to us. Or, visit a local farmer’s market!

13

Re-use paper by turning it over and printing on the other side!

14

Don’t waste paper at school. Take only what you absolutely need.

15

Most plastic can be recycled, but rinse first.

16

Time yourself and take a 5 minute shower this morning or tonight.

17

Ask your mom and dad if you can carpool home with someone to save gas!

18

Buy less new stuff and re-use things you own that still have some life in them.

19

Create a compost indoors with a 3×3’ plastic bin!

20

Only take food you will eat. Watch what you are throwing away.

21

Bring lunch in reusable containers.

22

To school or home, remind your parents or carpool driver not to idle (sit w/engine on), it causes asthma!

23

When you wash dishes, put some soap in a bowl with water instead of running the faucet.

24

When you brush your teeth, don’t let the water run.

25

When doing yard work, rake leaves, don’t blow them. Blowing leaves makes allergies and asthma much worse.

26

Get out and appreciate a local park and pick up trash that you see.

27

“Upcycle” (convert) a paper towel roll into a kaleidoscope!

28

Instead of throwing away a cup of water, put it in your pet’s bowl or water a plant.

29

Turn off the TV or video games when not in use.

30

When visiting parks, try to “leave no trace” meaning don’t leave anything there that you brought.

31

If you’re going to a baseball game, take metro instead of driving!

April 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Enjoy a weekend outside and plant some flowers!

2

If you have a backyard, try not to mow grass too much or use a hand mower. Water less often and only in the morning.

3

When spring cleaning, use a broom to sweep your walk, not the hose.

4

Eat leftovers for dinner! (or ask your mom/ dad to pack you leftovers for lunch)

5

Collect plastic bags to recycle at the grocery store.

6

As bees start to reappear, please don’t hurt these pollinators – they make our food grow.  

7

Replace old light bulbs with energy saving CFL or LED bulbs.

8

Go get ice cream with your family…and bike or walk there together!

9

For Spring break, try a National Park. You can explore nature & experience history with your family. See why they’re called “America’s Best Idea”!

10

As it gets warm, open windows instead of  AC.  Enjoy the breeze!

11

Reuse a snack bag that wasn’t holding a messy food.

12

Roll down car windows instead of turning on the air conditioner.

13

If you gave up red meat for Lent, give it up for good to reduce methane? It’s 3x as powerful a planet heater as CO2.

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Good Friday
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Easter Sunday
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How will we continue to take better care of our world?
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Friday, December 2, 2016

By: Cami B.

Cami interviewed Mrs. Micallef, the fifth and sixth grade science teacher, about Holy Trinity’s impact on the environment.


CB: “How do you think our school has adapted to better care for the environment?”

LM: “First off, we’ve worked it into our rules. The rules are everything we should be thinking about in our daily HTS lives. Our rules dictate everything we do. I think part of that came from Pope Francis as a result of his Encyclical on  the environment.”

Pope Francis has been very adamant about how important it is that we care for the environment and his Encyclical is evidence of that.  Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope and because of this, Holy Trinity feels particularly connected to him.

According to Mrs. Micallef, some major improvements that HTS has made since she’s been here are:

  1. Encourage Water Bottle Use
    1. The water bottle filler that was installed in the upper school building has encouraged kids to bring their own reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones. Mrs. Micallef says, “ Plastic is harder to recycle than glass and cans so it is really important that we cut down on the amount of plastic we use.”
  2. Motivation for solar panels on the roof
    1. Mrs. Micallef says that the school has been thinking about solar panels on the roof for sometime now.
  3. More recycling
    1. For the three years that she has been here, Mrs. Micallef has noticed a huge change in the amount of recycling at the school. Recycling is a key factor in reducing landfill waste as school community.

CB: Are there any improvements that you think the school could make towards further helping the environment?

LM: “ There are three main improvements that I personally believe would help our school help the environment:

  1. “Beef-up recycling”
    1. Although the recycling system at Holy Trinity has improved greatly, there is still a need for more. Some people just don’t know which items to recycle and which items to throw away. Mrs. Micallef likes the idea of putting small signs with pictures up above the recycling and trash bins so everyone will know what goes where.
  2. “Remind everyone about bringing reusable water bottles”
    1. According to Mrs. Micallef, “everyone should try to bring a reusable water bottle to school.” Not only will it improve the environment, but it will also help everyone stay more hydrated.  As a school community, we need to do a better job at being conscious about how our actions affect the environment. Bringing your own water bottle is a great way to do that.
  3. “Composting”
    1. Like all schools, a lot of our food goes to waste. Sometimes you aren’t hungry, or sometimes you might talk more than you eat. A compost bin would be a huge help in keeping the wasted food to a minimum. The only problem, RATS! HTS is located in a city, so rats are pretty common. Having a bin full of decomposing food would attract a lot of rats. There are large compost companies which can come and collect compostable foods and compost them themselves, but they only come once a week.

CB: In your opinion, what is the most important problem that the world as a whole should focus on solving?

LM: “In November of 2015, our country signed an official agreement in Paris (along with many other countries) that states that we will cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Now that we have a new president. It is important as ever to keep up with that agreement. Donald Trump has the power to go back on that agreement and that cannot happen. Scientists have proven that once we reach a certain point, namely a certain level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, , we will not be able to reverse it. Some island countries are already feeling the effects of it in the form of mass flooding, displacement, diminished food supply, and we are even feeling it in this country.  Many states in the Western US, namely California and Colorado, are experiencing drought more and more due to diminished snow pack, the source for their drinking water.

Right now, we have the power to stop it. It’s difficult because the major culprit of emissions in the U.S are coal-fired power plants. The power plants themselves emit so much bad stuff because they are very old. Renovating them would significantly cut down on our country’s emissions. However, there are so many of them and it is very expensive. Some businesses don’t want to do this because the price could cause them great hardship. Plus, fossil fuels are much more reliable than energy sources such as solar power, because the sun has to be shining, and wind power because you have to wait for the wind.But it really comes down to improving human health.  If we continue on this path, it will be harder for people with respiratory diseases to breathe, we will have more and more diseases spread by pests like mosquitoes and the unrest will feel very chaotic as people pick up and move to places that are less prone to flooding or have more reliable water supply or fewer heat waves.  It all comes down to preserving the health of the people in our country.  It may cost more, but it’s worth it.”

I agree with Mrs. Micallef. If our school works together to improve our environmental footprint, then we will make a lasting difference. Just think, if each person was aware of the choices they are making and how it will change the environment, each person will hopefully be able to make the right choice. By reducing the amount of plastic we use, food we waste, and really ingraining care for the environment into our daily lives, HTS will be taking the path to a brighter future in no time!

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