Friday, 29 June 2018

The #NoPlastic campaign will continure next year

We weren't the only ones thinking about reducing plastic use this year - it has been a hot topic. See this short, excellent video

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Last photos from the Secondary Roof Garden before summer

We are lucky enough to have an automatic watering system during the summer, and the school gardeners visit once a week to check on things. 

The seed collection project : these 3 radishes produced about 12 000 seeds!! Read more here
Here are seeds from spinach and radish plants which we'll keep for next planting season

These are the tomatoes growing from seeds we collected from students
We planted beans, peppers amongst the spinach and tomoatoes already growing here

The leftover radish and spinach plants which could be composted

French climbing beans growing from seeds brought by students. A small plant, possibly an apple tree is growing here too!

We planted chilli seeds
and here nispero seeds.. which were already sprouting in the bag

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Eco-Committe 2017/18

In the first term we came up with a list of all the projects pupils and Miss Gurney suggested for the year, here is the evaluation of that list! 

We did even more than what was on the list.. and if you look through the blog you can see the extra projects on top of these, like sharing environmental news each week, and the seed / cake exchange.


- great poster

The posters are made and laminated ready to go up all over the school in September

- blue planet clip to share with everyone

Here is the clip we watched

- yoghurt pots in the kitchen? One wednesday this term they didn't use them

We have only seen them NOT using yoghurt pots once, and kitchen staff said that it didn't work very well economically. tbc...

- sign petitions from Greenpeace

We receive newsletters from Greenpeace and shared a petition on the Change Happens blog 

- Raise awareness among parents / AMPA / teachers

We shared information on our campaign in the newsletter, but there is more work to do!

- make art from rubbish

- upcylcing workshops

We haven't done upcycling yet, but we had a great workshop from Aimee Van Vliet, a sustainability entrepreneur.

- collect rubbish from around the school to recycle it

Some students from 2ºESO took charge of this project, they made a video to show what they were doing, but sadly in the video they put the rubbish in the wrong bin so we decided not to publish it.

- offer reusable bags outside school in case people need a bag

An idea from the students that needs to be tested for viability

- talk to primary/ secondary / batx about plastic reduction

A group of 1º and 2º ESO students visited classes to share information about the #noplastic campaign

- cake sale lids pay for the cakes!

This idea developed into the seeds for cakes exchange!

- no disposable cups in the school dining room

  1. We haven't seen disposable cups in the dining room for many months! And are pleased to see paper cups in the staff room as an alternative to the plastic ones.


- experiments and make a video p.98/99 // testing air quality

The group borrowed equipment from E+S and did the experiments suggested! They didn't have time to make the video though

- campaign to reduce car use / posters about air pollution 

The group in charge of this campaign made an infographic, which was shared with 1º and 2º ESO pupils and with parents via the newsletter. They made a poster showing the steps of the campaign as we were following a strategy from E+S

- questionnaire about how people travel

As an indicator about how the campaign worked two 2ºESO pupils prepared a questionnaire and gave everyone in 1º and 2º ESO the chance to fill it in. Sadly only 8 people (6 from Environmental EP and 1 teacher) filled it in. The results showed that no one changed their behaviour as a result of our campaign.


- Eco-committee meeting


- Ecosia search engine

Miss Gurney uses it, but we never took it to a bigger level

- weather station

Still not set up due to timetabling issues

- blog thursdays

Luis Palau got this started and we will carry on next year

- insect hotel

still to investigate!

For the last three see this blog post!!
- tree guilds on the roof

Yes!! (can be improved)
- trees from seeds

Yes!! The apple trees - but they got eaten...
- grow veg on the roof


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Environmental news this week...

A surprising find to reduce methane emissions...

Feeding cows seaweed cuts 99% of greenhouse gas emissions from their burps. Now, scientists in California are hoping to help farmers meet strict new emissions targets by performing the first ever tests of seaweed feed in live dairy cows.

(From: The Independent )


We were surprised and sad to see that illegally cutting down trees is happening to a huge scale in Europe..

Romania breaks up alleged €25m illegal logging ring

Security forces launch raids linked to deforestation in the Carpathian mountains, home to some of Europe’s last virgin forest. Romania’s security forces have mounted a series of raids to break up an alleged €25m illegal logging ring, in what is believed to be the largest operation of its kind yet seen in Europe.

EP at the roof garden..

In environmental enrichment we do a variety of things to help our environment plant a variety of different seeds like: kiwi, chia seeds, avocado, tomatoes and apples. Last week a group of us went up and watered and cared for the different plants. We harvested lettuce that was already fine to eat and plucked out plants that were harming other plants. We also cut of the tops of the spinach so they could grow healthier and stronger. Another of our tasks is to make sure all the plants have water in the hot climate of Barcelona. 

Another activity we do to disconnect from our stressed minds and the internet is listen to our environment, our surroundings, so we can notice things that we never pay attention to in our daily life.

Every week, we observe how our plants are growing and we make sure they keep on doing it. We have a very pleasant time up on the roof that relaxes us all and helps us connect with nature.

 - Ainara, Katja 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Campanya de mobilitat - Escoles Sostenibles

From the Escoles + Sostenibles initiative some 1º ESO pupils - supported by the rest of Environmental Club developed a campaign to try and persuade pupils to share car journeys with other families that live nearby, and thereby reduce air pollution and increase the air quality around our school.

Here is the presentation that they developed, which they shared with 1º and 2º ESO pupils on the 15th May

Here is a poster which shows the different elements of the campaign

And look out for us in 1 month because we will be sharing a questionnaire with you all to find out and try to measure the impact of their communication campaign!

Here is a link to the questionnaire i fyou want a preview!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Environmental news this week...

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted
The Guardian,Damian Carrington, Friday 27 April 2018

Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected

We also had a discussion this week about how Climate Change will affect our world and the fact that it will make water and food more scarce than it is now. Someone asked how many people currently die per day from a lack of food and water so Aiyana investigated:

"In environmental we have been learning about climate change. According to Hunger and World Poverty, about 21,000 people die globally every day from hunger or malnutrition."
Source : Hunger and World Poverty

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Environmental news this week....

Smothered by Smog,Polish Cities Rank Among Europe’s Dirtiest

Burning coal is a part of daily life in Poland. As a result the country has some of the most polluted air in the European Union, and 33 of its 50 dirtiest cities. Not even the top of the mountain are free of pollution.

America Before Earth Day: Smog and Disasters Spurred the Laws Trump Wants to Undo
By Livia Albeck-Ripka and Kendra Pierre-Louis, April 21, 2018

Just before the day that we honour our earth you can see how much air pollution is created.

Do you think this is only a problem in Poland and USA, or is it a problem for us here in Barcelona too?

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Why is it so cold?

Many people have been asking this question as the cold weather continues and it seems like winter will never end.

The articles we found both suggest that, rather worryingly, climate systems on our planet are shifting

The cold air from the Arctic is expanding through out the world. While the Arctic gets warmer, the rest of the world gets colder and winter lasts much more time than normal past winters. Furthermore there have been several cold waves after winter and that has been keeping the world in a colder temperature during the last months.

Read more here

The Atlantic Ocean heating system is very weak and the shift in ocean currents could lead to cooling. This climatic change is part of the Earth's response to changes, mostly in the last 150 years, such as sea ice melting.

Read more here

More Enviro news..

World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden | Environment | The Guardian

Read about it here

They will electrify the road in sections, so the road only gives power while the car is driving over that section.. but we wonder where the electricity will come from?


And we saw this rather disturbing news about plastic pollution in Brazilian villages

A woman in Brazil once saw his neighbor’s dead body floating in the river because of the plastic pollution. She began to collect used water bottles and gave them to the litter collector.

Read more about the Brazilian villagers turning plastic pollution into profit