Earth Day is a global event with more than one billion people from 193 countries participating in what is the largest public day of action in the world. April 22 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day and the theme for 2019 is “Protect Our Species.”
Participants of Earth Day take action about concerns of climate change, rising sea levels, the extinction of animal species, litter and other environmental issues and come up with ways to spread awareness and support for the protection of our planet Earth.
Children across the world are working hard to clean up our planet every day of the year. This might seem like a big job, but it is something everyone can participate in through creativity and determination.
Schools all over the world take to the challenge to improve and build awareness to help our environment. It will be no different at Cayman International School as students will be dedicating a
full week to environmental protection activities.
Each school day of the week of April 22 will be dedicated to a different element of nature — earth, fire/energy, water and air. On the earth theme day, the Grade 11 students will bust myths about recycling on Grand Cayman. On the fire/energy day, students will learn about solar panels. On the water-themed day, Grade 2 students will research and learn about the health and importance of our oceans and sea life. Finally on the day themed “air,” students will plant seeds in the school garden to grow plants that can assist in keeping our planet’s air healthy and clean.
The Grade 8 students will prepare and record a public service announcement regarding one of the four elements. They will create a video explaining why we should care about these elements and what we can do to help.
Other environmentally sound activities students and teachers practise at Cayman International School include turning off all computers, lights and other electronic devices after each class and at the end of the day and recycling cardboard, aluminium and plastic in recycling bins that are conveniently located throughout the school grounds.
Every little bit of participation is important to keep our planet Earth clean and healthy as this is the only Earth we have to call our home.
Lauren Colaiacovo is a Grade 8 student at Cayman International School.