For one morning last week, Upper School student and faculty attention shifted from classroom learning to a different kind of learning, environmental education. Featuring numerous information booths, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and guests, the annual Eco Bash devoted a morning to raising awareness for sustainability, climate change, and green initiatives.
Spearheaded and organized by student Eco Representatives and the Faculty/Staff Sustainability Group, the morning kicked off with a presentation by former BB&N parent Bob Massie, a national activist and author who is considered an expert in the field of climate change activism.
In his address to the Upper School, Massie noted the challenges facing this generation in countering the environmental issues facing the planet. Showcasing ocean level projections and other scientific data, Massie passionately called students to action in working toward sustainability goals and recognizing that globally, Earth has reached an environmental crisis point.
Following Massie’s provocative talk, students spread out across the campus for more than 40 student and faculty-led green demonstrations and workshops. A sampling of the many topics covered included:
- A Coral Crisis: Climate Change and the Oceans
- Air, Earth, Water: Environmental Legislation
- Animal Agriculture’s Effect on the Environment
- Are You a Smarter Recycler than a 5th Grader?
- Broken Cities
- Cooking With Food Scraps
- DIY Hygiene Products
- Environmental Psychology
Whether learning about fossil fuel alternatives during a bike ride, how to cook with leftovers to reduce waste, discussing environmental psychology, learning about sustainable water gardens, or gaining insight into local wildlife through a live reptile display, all attendees gained insight into the environmental issues via fun and informative activities.
And for the first time ever, Lower Schoolers joined the fun this year as members of the Lower School Environmental Club hosted their own information booths, and fourth graders were invited to attend workshops held by their Upper School counterparts.
All involved had high hopes that the spirit of the day will be carried forward for weeks, months, and years to come.
Click here for a photo galley from the morning.