Saturday, April 18, 2015

Earth Day 2015


Raffles World Academy will celebrate Earth Day with 2 main activities (see our events page as well):

1) Wear Green Day ! Show that you are aware of environmental issues by wearing green to school. Use it to strike up a conversation about how you can conserve energy and water.

2) Lights Out !   Try to turn out the lights in our classrooms ALL day LONG, open the blinds and use natural light.  Also try to: Keep the air conditioning at 24 degrees, Avoid using the projector (go old school)

Did you know...
  • The UAE is the world’s third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada.
  • The UAE is also one of the major consumers of electricity. Air conditioning is one of the main power consumers.
  • Dubai’s electricity and power demand will double by 2015.
  • In the UAE, the cost of buying one litre of petrol and one litre of water is almost the same.
DEWA has lots of details about how YOU can conserve energy and water everyday. This conservation document is particularly helpful. 

Also, the Prezis made by our 2 new Eco-Ambassadors (see link and photos at the right) have lots of information about conservation efforts being made in the UAE.

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What is Earth Day? Here's some information from the Earth Day Network:

"Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.

Why do we need an Earth Day?
Because it works! Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year.

What can I do for Earth Day?
The possibilities for getting involved are endless! Volunteer. Go to a festival. Install solar panels on your roof. Organize an event in your community. Change a habit. Help launch a community garden. Communicate your priorities to your elected representatives. Do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference. But you needn't wait for April 22! Earth Day is Every Day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect our environment year-round."

To learn more about the world-wide movement, check out the official Earth Day Network.

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Lastly, Thanks to everyone who contributed to the E-Team Coin Art Fundraiser, attached find a photo of the cool art that was displayed in the atrium on Thursday. All the money raised will be used for the eco-garden. :) 

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