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Monday, 19 December 2016

Plastic Free A Guarda School Project

During the months of November and December we have been talking about plastics in the Biology and English lessons. These are some of the topics we have talked about:

- How are plastics produced?
- What resources are necessary to produce plastic?
- Different types of plastic.
- How long does it take for plastic to decompose?
- What are the effects of the use of plastic on the environment?
- The Great Garbage Patch.
- The life of a plastic bottle.
- How to reduce the use of plastic. Alternatives.
- Many important Rs: Reject, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Rot, Respect...
- How to use the yellow, blue and green recycling bins.
- What can we all do at school, at home, in shops...?

If you want to know more, visit our Plastic Free A Guarda blog.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Life of a Plastic Bottle

What happens to the plastic that you throw away? 
Watch the video and answer the questions below:

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Zero Waste School

Zero Waste in our school


A: In the hall…
- How many waste bins are there in the school hall?
- Are there any recycling bins for paper or plastic?
- Is there a container for glass?
- Is there a box for batteries?
- Is there a place to leave the bottle lids?
- Would you recycle plastic and paper if we had recycling bins in the hall?

B: In the canteen…
- Are there any recycling bins?
- Open one of the bins: What can you see inside?

C: In the school…
- Is there a compost bucket or a composter?
- Where do you put the remnants of your snacks?
- Where do the canteen owners put the food remnants?
- Is there a drinking fountain?
- Do you drink water from the taps? Why? Why not?
- Would you drink water from the taps if it were better?

D: In your classroom…
- How many people in your group try to reduce the use of paper or reuse it?
- Is there a paper bin?
- Would you recycle paper if you had a paper bin in the classroom?

E: You and your classmates…
- How many people are there in your class?
- How many people in your group buy water bottles or drink cans at the canteen?
- How many people in your group use a reusable drinking bottle?
- How many people in your group use a cloth bag or plastic box for their snacks?
- How many people in your group recycle the paper and plastic of their snacks? 
- What are the reasons why some people don't recycle it?


What can the school do to reduce the use of plastic products?

What can the school do to promote recycling and composting?

What can you do to reduce the use of plastics?

What can you ask your schoolmates to do to help the environment in the school?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016


The destruction of forests

Forests are very important to the environment because they use carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce oxygen. They also provide shelter and food for many different types of plants and animals.

Trees are cut down for many reasons but the main reasons are to make space to build new houses and to clear land to grow grass for cows and sheep to eat, to produce dairy foods. The trees which are cut down are sold and they are made into paper and furniture.

Cutting down trees is called deforestation and it can have serious effects. If animals’ homes, which are built in and around the trees, are destroyed, many species will become extinct. For example, many different types of animals in South America were lost before scientists could learn about them.
Deforestation also affects the climate. When rain falls on a forest, new clouds are created. If huge areas of trees are cut down, clouds do not form, rain does not fall and the land becomes drier. The CO2builds up and adds to the global warming which is making the Earth become hotter.

Many European countries are planting trees faster than they are cutting them down. Many trees were planted a few years ago to replace woodland and to create forests in areas where there wasn’t much wood. We can help to save forests by reusing and recycling paper.

1. Summarize the text including the main ideas and using your own words as far as possible (maximum 50 words).

2. Answer the questions according to the information given in the text. Use your own words.
1. How does deforestation affect plants and animals?
2. How are the European countries trying to solve this problem?

3. Find the words in the text that mean:

a. give, offer
b. containing or made from milk
c. die off, disappear
d. "The general weather conditions usually found in a particular place".

4. Write a for/against COMPOSITION (80-100 words) answering this question:
Will humans be able to save this planet?

Sunday, 23 October 2016




A Message from the Gyre

"Until my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns."

What is going on in the North Pacific Ocean?

• A Gyre is a natural vortex of wind and currents that rotates in a clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Gyres create a whirlpool effect so that plastic debris floating on the sea collects there, in the centre of the vortex.
• There are 5 major Gyres in the oceans worldwide. They all contain plastic and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that resist photochemical, biological and chemical degradation.
• The North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is an "island" twice the size of Texas that we can find between the coast of California and Hawaii. 11 million tons (and growing) of floating plastic covers that area of nearly 5 million square miles.

The following video shows some of the consequences of allowing plastic waste reach the sea.

A Message from the Gyre

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Plastic bags everywhere, in landfills, rivers and seas, threatening animal life and our environment. If you want to start changing your attitude and contribute to changing those of the ones around you, take a look at this site.

 Plastic bag free day