Earth Day 2022: Invest in Our Planet
Connect / Care / Act
We are on a journey to connect with, care about, and act for people and our world.
- DCB’s shared definition of global citizenship -
Our educational strategy is to educate our students for a sustainable future. We celebrated Earth Day across the College last week. But what exactly is Earth Day, and why is it so important?
On 22 April each year, Earth Day is celebrated to demonstrate support for environmental protection and raise awareness about environmental issues affecting our planet, including climate change, soil erosion, poor air quality and global warming. It was first held in 1970 and now consists of events organised globally by EarthDay.org attended by more than 1 billion people in 193 countries. The official theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet.
Many activities took place across the whole college last week, including a green and blue-themed free dress day to celebrate the planet and a healthy plant-based lunch menu!
Early Years students held an assembly dedicated to Earth Day and discussed ways to make their classrooms more environmentally friendly by making greener choices such as recycling materials, creating less waste and reducing our energy consumption.
In Junior School, students surveyed the carbon footprint in their class and discussed environment-friendly options and choices, while others enjoyed outdoor flower planting. In the Dulwich Dudes Podcast, the team were joined by our Head of Business Administration, Mr Elliott, to discuss his work to help make our school even greener and better. They talk about the impact that stopping lamination has had on our school, some benefits of plant-based choices in our Junior School Canteen, and how students could help to lead positive change at DCB.
In Senior School, student-led activities were designed to open minds for the better, aiming to trigger changes in mindset and habits surrounding food and energy consumption. From working to turning lights out through introducing alternative proteins, students and staff engaged in different ways to support a more sustainable planet, including designing a greenhouse and enjoying a vegetarian baking/cooking challenge or adopting plants.
We hope our students become the leaders of tomorrow, who know our actions do matter and will positively impact people and the planet by helping the world reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century and keeping the global temperature below 1.5°C.
As educators, we are intentional about educating students throughout the year and across the entire curriculum. We continue to build strong connections within our curriculum and give our students a voice to speak about their concerns and realise our mission to Live Worldwise. Let’s make Earth Day every day!