Marist School Eco Team

Two years ago, on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si: One Care for our Common Home.  Laudato Si  week will be a major international celebration to reflect on the Laudato Si message and take action to bring it to life.

Each human being is an image of God…..each creature has its own prupose.

In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

Plastic pollution is a growing problem; everyday it chokes our waterways, damages marine ecosystems, and becomes part of the marine food chain. All the plastics that end up in our waterways eventually break up into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it floats, some of it sinks, but none of it ever disappears. Plastic continues to accumulate and circulate in our environment where marine animals can mistake it for food that can cause starvation, dehydration, internal damage or even death. When this growing plastic pollution finds its way into our marine food chain, it can eventually affect human health when we eat seafood.

Our Seas Our Future.

Hi, our names are James and Jared and we are going to tell you a little bit about the project that the Tuakana Senior Team are doing at Marist School, Mt Albert. This term we are doing an inquiry project as a part of the Student Volunteer Army. The Student Volunteer Army plays an important role within the community and provides assistance to those in need. It supports community groups and projects, and gives students volunteering opportunities.

As a team we have decided to help a community centre group which is based in South Auckland. They are recycling plastic bags to make bedding for the homeless.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We would love your old plastic bags. They MUST be clean, have no holes and can be any colour. We only want plastic bags that are the same thickness as supermarket plastic bags, others are too thick. They need to be dropped off to school by the 4th of September.

Our address is 14 Kitenui Ave, Mt Albert.

Thank you in advance for your help!