Developing Learners’ Sense of Responsibility towards the Environment

Sustainability and climate change are two interrelated terms of significance and importance for students and society in general.

Sustainability involves maintaining a balance between the long-term health of our planet's ecosystems, communities, and economy. Its goal is to make decisions and take actions in a way that meets current needs while preserving the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs. This entails striving to create a balance between human activities and the environment by promoting actions that do not deplete natural resources.

In this context, climate change refers to drastic variations in global climates, especially the ongoing increase in the global average temperature. These changes are primarily due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, the destruction of tropical forests, and the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

"We have a team"

"The Eco Warriors are a group of students selected by their peers in primary and voluntarily join in secondary school.", highly committed and motivated, whose mission is to foster a sense of environmental responsibility among students and promote sustainability within the school. This group plays a crucial role in the school's efforts to achieve the prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag Award by the end of the academic year 2024.

Eco Warriors

The process consists of 7 Steps to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility

1 – Establish an Eco Committee

The first step is to form an Eco Committee within the school. This committee generally includes students, teachers, and staff members who are passionate about environmental issues. They will be responsible for leading the school's eco-initiatives.

2 – Environmental Review

The Eco Committee conducts a comprehensive environmental review of the school. This review assesses the school's current environmental performance in various areas such as energy consumption, waste management, water usage, and biodiversity.

3 – Action Plan

Based on the findings of the environmental review, the committee develops an action plan. This plan outlines specific goals and actions that the school will take to address environmental issues and improve sustainability. It may include initiatives to reduce energy consumption, minimize waste, and increase ecological awareness among students and staff.

4 – Monitoring and Evaluation

The school implements the action plan and monitors progress regularly. Data and evidence of changes are collected to track improvements in environmental performance. This step ensures that the school is on track to achieve its sustainability goals.

5 – Curriculum Links

Integrating environmental topics into the school's curriculum is fundamental. This step involves incorporating environmental education into classroom lessons, promoting projects with ecological themes, and raising awareness among students about the importance of sustainability.

6 – Inform and Engage

The Eco Committee engages with the broader school community, including students, parents, and local organizations. It is important to inform and engage everyone in eco-friendly initiatives and encourage their active participation.

7 – Green Flag Application

Once the school has successfully implemented its action plan and made significant progress in sustainability, it can apply for the Eco Schools Green Flag Award. The application includes evidence of achievements and the impact of eco-initiatives.

Everyone is responsible for cultivating change towards a better future for our children and the generations to come. We must encourage everyone around us to break free from the den of pessimism and partake in the politics of hope. I greatly look forward to a year of sustainable development led by the Oryx Eco-Warriors as they take their activism to the next level.

A DobinsonAssistant Principal
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Green Craft CMS Hosting: Our Contribution to the Environment

At Oryx International School, we firmly believe that education should not only be inspiring but also sustainable. Climate change is a global challenge that we cannot ignore, and we are committed to being part of the solution. That's why we have taken a significant step towards a greener future by adopting "Green Craft CMS Hosting."

We know that some things are simply too important to overlook, and climate change is one of them. That's why we have taken concrete steps to ensure that our school aligns with a cleaner and more sustainable future.

One of the main challenges we face in the digital age is energy consumption in data centers. As the Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives, the amount of services and data moving across the network has increased exponentially. In fact, data centers worldwide account for approximately 2% of total energy consumption, which can also lead to significant CO2 emissions.

Beyond Hosting: Responsible Services

In addition to our renewable energy servers, we have extended our environmental responsibility to other aspects of our online services:

Eco-Friendly Object Storage
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Together for a Sustainable Future

We are committed to continuing to improve our sustainability in all aspects of our operation. By joining us in this endeavor, you are contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future for everyone. At Oryx, we not only provide quality education but also lead by example when it comes to protecting our planet. Join us on this exciting journey toward a greener world!