This past October, Emma Willard School, St. Mark’s School, and Milton Academy participated in Project Green Challenge (often abbreviated as PGC). PGC is an annual month-long competition run by Turning Green, a student-run global NGO, and is open to all students and faculty members in high schools and colleges around the world.
This fall, Loomis Chaffee senior Kalina “Kiki” Szemraj set up an art gallery at her school, with funding from the Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship, an annual fund that students with sustainability-related projects in mind apply for. The exhibition, currently set up in a hallway of Loomis Chaffee’s Clark Center for Science & Mathematics, features artwork done by several students from different schools in the ISSC.
Imagine if your home, your city, or even your entire country ceased to exist. Believe it or not, that could very well become a reality for approximately 50,000 Marshallese residents in the next twenty-five years, who will be considered “climate refugees”(1). Welcome to the Marshall Islands: a country composed of a chain of 29 atolls and 5 islands in the central Pacific and one of the most magnificent tropical destinations in the world.
This past December, the Studio 1 class at St. Mark’s School participated in a project designed to bring awareness to coral bleaching and to educate people on how this issue is affecting our world. Ms. Putnam, the Studio 1 teacher, chose this project to “...introduce [students] to an issue that will have great consequence well within [their] lifetime.”
The source of this particular snake’s misfortune can be traced back to the late fifteenth century, coinciding with the arrival of slaves on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean. Rediscovered in 1995, the entire population of the Antiguan racer snake, comprising of a mere fifty specimens, had been confined to Great Bird Island for approximately five hundred years. Once rediscovered in 1995, conservationists put much time and work into conserving the snake. In fact, the conservation efforts were so successful that Antiguan racer population rocketed to more than five hundred by 2010.
From its carbon footprint to its depletion and contamination of natural resources, agriculture affects the environment in a variety of detrimental ways. It is a leading factor in global greenhouse gas emissions, contributing around 13.5% of all greenhouse gases due to current cultivation practices and deforestation that release carbon from the ground.
Jane McGuinness has been an elementary teacher for 33 years, 29 of which have been at Milton Academy. She has been an avid gardener and a keen observer of nature her whole life. Combining educating children with these interests has brought her great joy and an appreciation of kids’ innate understanding of the natural world.