Last Friday, the Humanities Faculty celebrated Earth Day, which is held worldwide to promote environmental protection. With the historic Paris Agreement being signed on the same day, the Faculty focused on the issue of sustainability (SUSTAIN being one of the Faculty watchwords).
The Geography Department led the way, with Miss Deval-Reid’s inspirational video, streamed over the School website, reminding us of the fragility of our planet. The Department’s inspirational lessons on issues of environmental democracy were taken up by History, Classics, Religious Studies and the ever-reliable Debating Society. Students were reminded to build a healthy, sustainable environment, try to address climate change (even in a small way), and protect the Earth for future generations.
Such future generations were certainly evident with the artwork, created by our enthusiastic RGS Springfield pupils, who cut, pasted and painted images reflecting their own concern for their planet. This was displayed by the Classics Department in the Senior School – well done RGS Springfield!
The Religious Studies’ effort was led by the inspirational Miss Marsh, who created a mandala with students’ thoughts on sustainability and people’s place on the planet (in Sanskrit mandala means ‘circle’ and is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe). History and Politics lessons generated debates, which put our place on this fragile world into a different kind of perspective.
A Lower School assembly featured balloons (reference to Blue Dot Day), and students considered how we may be eating our way through our annual planetary resources too enthusiastically for them to last.
Tutors from outside of the Humanities Faculty used various platforms (in Miss Faulkner’s case, fittingly, top-of-the-range technology) to help students express their concerns and hopes for the future. In all, the day proved a healthy reminder of how reliant we are on our precious ecosphere. As a small token of our understanding, the Faculty is gathering recyclable clothes to donate to charity, and anybody with a donation can drop it off in MB05 until 4 May. We already have a huge pile of donations, and a warm buzz surrounds the gifts. We hope to make a big donation to a good cause.
Dr Dan Coetzee – Head of The Humanities Faculty