Dear Merici Community,
Dear Merici Community,
Christmas is upon us, and there are decorations and preparations all around us.
When it comes to the festive season and spending, it is a useful time to remember that every dollar spent is a vote for the world that we want - ethical, organic, fairtrade, no-waste... more sustainable.
Our spending impact matters - as conscious consumers, our spending influences the global economy.
This season, consider practicing conscious Christmas shopping for a more equitable, kind, regenerative and sustainable world.
The 7th Generation Principle is an invaluable approach to sustainable resource management which states that:
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
The Seventh Generation principle is based on an ancient first American philosophy of the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee, the founding document of the Iroquois Confederacy, the oldest living participatory democracy on Earth.
"We have a duty of care not only to our own children, but to the land and sea that feeds us, and seven generations on."
On October 4, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum, that completes his encyclical Laudato si’ published in May 2015, and is addressed “to all people of good will on the climate crisis”.
The Pope reiterates and further develops the themes from his second encyclical in which he expressed his “heartfelt concerns about the care of our common home”.
“I have realised that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.”
11-19 November is Australian Pollinator Week.
Note the label in the image ...1500 bees visit 25 million flowers to produce 700g of honey! Amazing!
Bees do more than make honey.
They are intricate architects, unparalleled navigators and hard workers.
These tiny creatures play a vital role in our ecosystems and food supply.
For more information and activities for Australian Pollinator Week:
If you eat sushi...
But don't want to contribute to the single use plastic problem.....
You can take your own container and set of re-usable chopsticks with you when you know you are planning to order sushi!
You could also take some soy sauce in a container from home and say "no" to the plastic soy sauce fish.
Please click in the below link to find a video with some of our dedicated staff, students and parents reflecting on our Catalyst Journey.
At Merici College, we are proud of the positive impact evidence-based teaching practice is having in the classrooms.
Have you ever thought about this?
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS 'AWAY'. WHEN YOU THROW ANYTHING AWAY IT MUST GO SOMEWHERE.
For the time being you can make sure that some of your "waste" goes somewhere useful.
Bring your used oral care products, make-up product packaging and unrepairable stockings to the collection boxes in Student Services.
Also, please prepare your clean, unwanted clothing for donation to the annual Sw(op) shop in Term 4, Tuesday November 7th.
CLIMATE CHANGERS is Tim Flannery’s search for leadership on climate change.
Where are the leaders who will drive change? Are they strong enough to triumph where others have failed?
Tim poses these questions as he meets leaders past and present in the hope of finding answers.
Climate change is humanity’s greatest challenge. This film delves into what frustrates Tim, what motivates him, and where he believes the solutions lie.