Students take initiative to reduce carbon footprint

Our school started a project on composting, turning fruit and vegetable waste or manure into compost, in January 2019. This endeavour was supported by Da Yeh University and was an ongoing activity which lasted for nine months. We were divided into groups of six for this task. During this period, we were given the opportunity to sell our fertiliser obtained from composting.

Throughout the nine months, we filled our composting bins with fermented fruit and vegetable waste which we brought from our homes and waited for about two weeks to collect the residue. We then diluted the residue in the following proportions 1470cm3 of water with 30cm3 of the residue to obtain the fertiliser. Then, we sold our fertiliser to the teachers and students of our school.

Four students from our team were chosen to represent the school in the Satu Impian Project organised by Panaga School and was held in KB Sentral, Kuala Belait, on June 22, 2019. Other than making a good sale, we were able to introduce composting to the public.

This composting project taught us that we can easily reduce food waste by converting it into something useful which contributes to saving the Earth by reducing carbon footprints. We also learnt how to work as a team. Morever, we had fun throughout the project. We thank our school for giving us the opportunity to take part in this meaningful project.

Meahwhile, a group of ambitious students from Years 8 and 10 formed a Green Team and implemented a project in school upon getting the principal’s approval last year. Their main goal was to raise awareness on conservation and reduce the use of plastic among our students. They also want to show that individually and collectively, we can save the Earth.

In this project, all students are encouraged to bring their own containers to school to buy food. Every recess, members of the team help the canteen operators to put food into these containers. A sticker is given to a student each time he or she buys food. Those with 50 stickers will be rewarded.

Progress has been made and the team is inspired to venture into other areas such as banning plastic straws in school and growing plants for food and oxygen. They are also looking forward to organising events in conjunction with the World Environment Day.