Moving to a greener tomorrow
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One of the highlights at Seattle Central this year was the “Take Back the Tap” initiative. This initiative proposed the ban of sales on bottled water campus-wide and get back to using fresh, clean tap water and refillable bottles.
A lot of hard work and energy have been put into this initiative to help promote awareness and conservation on campus.
After conducting some very thorough research on the global impact of plastic bottles on our environment, the committee put together a presentation of the findings and submitted them to all seven of the Student Leadership Boards, the Interclub Council, and the PTK.
After reviewing the findings, all of the boards and clubs signed an agreement that supported this initiative to switch the campus from selling bottled water and Taking Back the Tap and using refillable water bottles.
We hope that next year’s committee will be able to pick up where they left off and gain even more traction on this very important conservation initiative.
Global Impact volunteers doubled the number of new gardens planted over the previous year! Perhaps it was the benefit of additional hands, but more than likely the extra effort was inspired by the orphans who welcomed us each day with either a song, a newly acquired English greeting – “good morning, Madame,” but always with open arms!
The group of 19 volunteers spent their first day learning all about bio-intensive sustainable agriculture from Professor Rite at the Sustainable Ag College in Duluti. The outdoor classroom located within the growing beds of the college and under the Tanzanian sun provided the ideal setting to learn all about the components of this form of small scale organic farming - composting, companion planting, and maximized yields from “double-digging.” Volunteers also had a chance to learn about their successful campaign to keep genetically modified plants out of Tanzania.
The next day they were off to orphanages in Nkoaranga and Usariver to apply their newly acquired skills. Shovels and picks rotated between volunteers in 5 minute increments in an effort to ward off the impact of the African heat. Blistered hands and liters of water later, they were able to stand back and observe their accomplishments – double dug rows of spinach, lettuce, and carrots! Orphanage Head Matron Mama Pendo (Swahili for ‘love’) said “…those who provide for children are double blessed.”