Archive for March 2013

Civic Action by the Green Team

March 31, 2013

photo (1)The Green Team, inspired by attending the Ban the Bag conference in March, wrote letters to our local representative Carolyn Maloney, District 12.  Students shared that single-use plastic bags create huge problems for marine life, and a lot of unsightly mess for city dwellers.   Green Team members hope that the city can participate in one of the many urban initiatives to phase out single-use plastics. Scientists continue to study the effects of both plastic and plastic manufacturing on ecosystems, endangered species, and the humans that use them.

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Teen designs ocean plastics solution

March 26, 2013

From Inhabitat!

Great article about eWaste Recycling

March 20, 2013


More geen pictures, thanks Alyssa!

March 7, 2013

I was kinda in a green mood and I saw these and thought they were cool 🙂

bottle castle Bottle Boat

Replacements for Trees? From Alyssa

March 7, 2013

Algae lamp

Theo shares some thoughts…

March 7, 2013

“We are the next generation.  If we care, we can stop deforestation.  But if we don’t care this will still be our earth.  Nearly 4 billion trees are cut down each year. 100 trees are cut per minute.  Rain forests cover only 14% of our earth.”

(image from Greenpeace)

Ban the Bag! Green Schools Alliance Conference at Hewitt

March 3, 2013
Green Team at Hewitt

Green Team at Hewitt

This Saturday March 2nd, the Green Gremlins Team attended the Green Schools Alliance “Ban the Bag” conference at the Hewitt School.  We had the opportunity to listen to a student-moderated panel about how New York City might implement a plastic bag ban similar to those in place in cities like San Francisco, Delhi, Mexico City, and Portland.  At the main panel, we heard some of surprising facts about trash, and even more surprising solutions being worked on, from Jennie Romer, founder of Plastic Bag Laws, Ron Gonen, Mayor Bloomberg’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, Stiv Wilson, from the 5 Gyres Institute, Eric Goldstein from the NRDC, Matie Quinn of SIMs Recycling, and city Councilmember Brad Lander. Did you know?: Each month, 2 million pounds of trash that could be recycled ends up in our landfills, shipped to OH, NC, and DE.  Much of this if food related, and plastic bags are a big part of the problem.   While taking hundreds of years to decompose, they bioaccumulate in ocean food chains, ultimately harming humans. During our Green Team meeting this week, our group will discuss how GCS kids can get involved in the upcoming campaign to ban plastic bags in NYC, and we will discuss how our current collaboration with the Al Hekma International School in Bahrain, through the NAIS Global 20/20 Challenge, focusing on deforestation, will incorporate a discussion of forest resources and paper bags.