Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations. Pope Francis
The Eco Warriors enjoyed the opportunity to meet with employees contracted by Consolidated Waste Management to conduct an audit of Siena’s waste. Bins from classrooms and around the school were randomly selected, labelled and sorted. Items from the bins were identified as paper, compostable waste, recycling, general waste or soft plastic. Conducting a waste audit enabled us to identify the volume of waste we are generating, whether or not we are disposing of it accurately, and if there were ways in which we could be dispose of the waste more sustainably. We will soon meet with Consolidated Waste to discuss the findings of our audit and the recommendations arising from the report. This will inform our waste facilities for 2020. A whole school education campaign will follow to ensure that staff and students are correctly using the facilities available and assisting to ensure that we are all working collaboratively to care for our common home.
Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realise that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. Pope Francis - Laudato Si