George the Sustainability Officer – Oliver’s Story

George came to visit Oliver and our family on Friday 14th March. What an experience!!!!

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George began his visit with a story of Earth – our beautiful planet, our home. Among all the planets in the universe, Earth is the most beautiful with mountains and oceans and a home for many kinds of creatures including – humans! Our mother our source that is in the palm of our hands

Her caring nature has allowed us to use her as we see fit but we are making her sick. It won’t be long when we realize that only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught that our home is broken beyond repair. We can try to patch it up, glue it to the best of our ability but even if mended…the crack is always there!!!

It is time that all of us do little bits of good and put them all together to save our home!!!

These are some of the things that George was happy to see us doing:

Recycling: We sort our rubbish into recycling and general rubbish bins. All paper, cartons and glass go into our recycling bin. We also reuse our shopping bags, use metal water bottles for school and pack lunches in reusable lunch boxes.

“Although it looks like there is more water on Earth than land, our resources are limited” – said George. “Only 1% of all the water on Earth can be used by people. The rest is salt water or permanently frozen”

Oliver was proud to show George how our family contributes to water saving. “We load the dishwasher full before washing the dishes. We turn the taps off when brushing teeth and most times we have short showers instead of baths”. This made George very happy.

“Think about what would happen if there wasn’t enough energy, there would be no light to turn on when it got dark, there would not be any hot water for the shower or heat for your house in the winter. No gas or oil to drive the car. So there are lots of reasons we should save energy”, continued George. So Oliver showed George the ways our family saves energy: drying clothes outside or the clothesline instead of dryer door”.

“Unfortunately, both mum and dad work in the city and we live very far, so walking is not an option we can take when coming to childcare. But mum drives me in a Hybrid car which uses a battery when the car is not moving or driving at low speed, so it is better for the environment than any other car”.

Thank you George for coming to our home and reminding us once more how important it is to look after our environment. We will miss you and hope that you come again in the future 🙂

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