Archive for the 'Sustainability' Category

Mar 25 2011

One Hour. 60 Minutes. Do it.

Published by under Sustainability,Teacher Talk

Earth Hour. It’s right around the corner…

Sat. March 26th at 8:30pm local time.

Flick those lights off, get off those computers, turn off those TVs…and make a difference!

It starts with YOU!


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Feb 20 2011

Sustainability Projects

Published by under Sustainability

Dear Grade 5s,

As you gather data from various sources on your topic you are most passionate about, keep in mind you must be keeping a list of where you are getting the information from.

Here are some websites below that you may find some useful information:

The link below is a “feed” from the internet that is pulling information about different sustainability topics to your G5 Netvibes page to help you look for sustainability news articles.  (It is doing the search for you, so you don’t have to!).

Science Daily:

Environmental News Network:

National Geographic:

World Wildlife:

World Wildlife International:


Plastic Problem:

Mr. Lam also posted on his class website some helpful reminders and tips of how to search effectively. Click here to see his post.

As you come across different websites that you think would be helpful to others, add them in the comment section below!

Miss B.

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Feb 13 2011

Nurseries of the Earth

Published by under Science,Sustainability

Our class trip to the Mangroves in the BangPu area of Bangkok was a real eye-opener for many of us who’ve never seen mangroves before. It was a beautiful day, not too hot by Bangkok standards, and we were paired up with Mr. Lam’s class to learn all about the mangroves.

In groups of about 8, we were led by some wonderful conservation specialists who guided us around the protected mangrove area. We played some interesting games that made it easier to understanding what is happening to the mangroves right now such as cutting them down for firewood, shrimp farming, industrialization and so on. We made a ‘mangrove in a box’ and got to see how mangroves actually protect houses and people from destructive forces such as tsunamis.

A tranquil glimpse into a bird’s life in a mangrove was another stop along the journey, complete with binoculars! I heard a few students say they could have stayed there all day. The cool breeze that blew through the building as we watched the birds in their natural habitat was very inviting and welcomed!

We also learned about food chains and how the mangroves are a critical part of maintaining certain bird and other animal species. Check out this article highlighting our need to care.

According to, mangroves perform a vital ecological role providing habitat for a wide variety of species.  Odum et al. (1982) reported 220 fish species, 24 reptile species, 18 mammal species, and 181 bird species that all utilize mangroves as habitat during some period of life.  Additionally many species, though not permanent mangrove inhabitants, make use of mangrove areas for foraging, roosting, breeding, and other activities.

And Mangroves just aren’t in Bangkok, of course. They are all over the world! Do you live in an area of the world that has mangroves?

Check out the student blogs from Room 230 and read up on their take on the mangrove field trip experience!

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Jan 13 2011

Sustainaility Websites

Published by under Sustainability

Click on each of these websites and watch the video attached.

Please write a blog post on your own based on what you are learning about sustainability, what you experienced during our Fishing for the Future simulation, your experience listening to Mr. Andy Tag, videos we have viewed, etc.

Miss B :)

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Oct 15 2010

Think Outside the Bottle–Blog Action Day 2010

Published by under Sustainability


Bottled water…

may be considered an addiction by some. I have chosen to write about this today on Blog Action Day because it is an issue that every one of us has the

power to control.

For example, even if you live in a place where potable drinking water is not available, like in Thailand where I live, having a reusable bottle saves not only money in your pocket, but also does much more than that!

For instance, according to one report, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles that are used in the U.S. each year — and 86 percent of them will

never be recycled.

According to one source,

…consumption of bottled water continues to grow rapidly in most countries.  See the chart below which looks at the top 10 countries between 2002-2007 that consumed the most bottled water. You can see how much their consumption increased over that time period, too.   Is your country on this list?

So, why did I say we have the power to control our consumption of bottled water? Because we are consumers! We are the ones who decide whether or not we purchase the bottled water!

We DO have the power!

We can choose NOT to purchase bottled water and be smartER about our spending.

In my hometown of London, Ontario Canada, in Aug. 2008, there was a vote to ban bottled water in city offices, parks and other recreational facilities. Some schools in Ontario are considering, or have already banned the sale of bottled water.

Has your school done the same? What are YOUR thoughts on this?

At ISB, the price of bottled water has recently jumped from 10 baht to 20 baht. Why do you ask? Probably the most likely reason is to deter buyers and encourage people to fill their own reusable bottles at the large water stations.

Click on the picture below which will take you to the Green Panthers blog at our school. It further explains the decision to increase the cost of bottled water sales at I.S.B. Our school also showed the video called Tapped recently. I’ve included the trailer for the movie below.

Trailer for TAPPED

When it comes to bottled water you have a choice. It might mean being more prepared and remembering your reusable bottle, but it also means giving a little more respect to the environment.

This is me filling my own bottle at our classroom water jug (the water from our taps in Thailand is not drinkable).

And don’t stop there! Tupperware, coffee mugs and so on…How are YOU keeping your trash to a minimum?

Check out any of the individual student blogs on the right to see what each of us say about the topic of water.

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