Over 190 preschoolers and teachers from PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Pasir Ris West Blk 517 have taken the pledge for climate change together. Check out their #ClimateActionSG story here!
How did your organization first get started on the sustainability journey?
Our climate action story began in 2014 with a simple recycling bin. Making use of used carton boxes, we sought to raise awareness about the importance of practicing the 3Rs to our students. The response we got from them and their parents was overwhelming, so much so that our Green team came up with a Go Green program comprising of new initiatives like Litter-Picking, Earth Day, Water-Saving Day, Happy Bloomers, and parent-bonding workshops to create art using recyclable materials like bread tags, CDs, and bottle caps. These have all been well-received by the children and parents, with most agreeing that it has helped instill a sense of responsibility towards the environment. Over the years, we have also collaborated with various stakeholders like the National Environment Agency and Park View Primary School to ensure the sustainability of our programme. On 11 April 2018, a total of 176 children and 19 staff took a pledge to act accordingly in fighting climate change after the morning assembly. Together we pledge to:
- Use only what we need
- Reuse instead of throw
- Switch off lights and air conditioner after use
- Walk, cycle or take trains and buses
- Not use plastic straws.
What are your Climate Action goals for your organisation in 2018?
Our Climate Action goals for 2018 include:
- Principal championing school vision and values for climate change
- Pupils and staff practice reduce, reuse and recycling in school and at home
- Pupils engage in meaningful and hands-on learning opportunities about saving the earth
- School saves money through efficient resource use
- School environment is greener and more beautiful.
Why is Climate Action important for your organisation and for Singapore?
Taking action now is important because we are facing both local and global problems like environmental degradation, climate change, species extinction, resource depletion and lack of wellness. As such, we feel a responsibility to educate our students about these issues so that they are aware.
What advice do you have for other organisations who are embarking on their sustainability journey?
We encourage you to empower teachers to develop whole-school approaches to reducing, reusing and recycling, and helping to educate pupils on how to make better choices for the future.
Check out PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Pasir Ris West Blk 517’s Climate Action Pledge here!
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