Yellow Hat Thinking – What are the positives?
Many people are trying hard to prevent the problem of pollution, water wastage and the manufacturing of harmful materials to the environment. What can this generation do to prevent this problem? CERES is striving to change the mindset of this race and promote environmental safety by educating the younger generation about wasting water and the damage caused by decomposition of plastic and cigarettes to the habitat of helpless animals. Societies such as Environmental Defence Fund, Scouts and the Australian Conservation Foundation are just a few of the many foundations that devote to saving our surroundings and prevent this problem. Local super-markets and cafes are also committing to reduce plastic manufacturing by completely banning plastic bags or charging over fifty cents per plastic bag. They are also introducing mesh or even paper bags instead. We can all contribute to saving this earth by making minor differences like carefully and thoughtfully disposing our rubbish and being mindful of how much water we use. This will make a huge environment in the future. Be part of the solution, not the pollution!
by Drishya Karthik, Sophie Riddell & Caitlin Tainton 6B
Black Hat Thinking – Negatives
CERES raised two issues that are problems for us. How can we preserve our waterways? Think about it. Only one percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water, available for drinking and watering our crops. Our generation is wasting water and who’s going to make the first move to make a stop to it; the next generation or us? Are we relying on people who are not even born yet or can we change our habits? In thirty years where will we be; paddling on life boats around countries ceasing to exist, or actively making a difference to our planet? A betrayal to our ancestors.
The second problem has to do with an invention to change lives for better or for worse. Plastic. The more we use the more we produce. Ask yourself – why? Why do we produce three hundred million tonnes of plastic each year? Since the 1950’s we’ve produced plastic weighing the equivalent of a billion elephants. This is a massive problem! Chemicals are changing our lives. Plastic is ruining our environment. If we ignore the problem we are wearing rose coloured glasses. Let’s take them off and finally make a difference.
by Katherine Howell, Helen Yang and Eden Drummond 6B
We put on our red hats and had a think about how we feel regarding a situation that grows worse and worse every day. The pollution of our most important resource; Water.Red Hat Thinking – How do we feel?
The first thought that came to mind was that we feel ashamed of the human race for not caring, or standing up as one to turn around this rubbish dump that the world has become. It would only take a minuscule change to their daily lifestyle like simply reducing the amounts of unnecessary water we use and just stop using this fatal invention that so many people carelessly litter with every day; plastic.
Just doing this simple task that we beg of you could impact the history of the earth; our wonderful planet that people treat like there is another to go to. The question is, is there? We are immensely worried that there is so much pollution in the air that if it weren’t for our lungs, there’d be nowhere to put it all. We feel that people are becoming so lazy and disrespectful that the biggest threat to our planet is belief that someone else will save it. We’re concerned that any person would be sent to jail if they poisoned another’s food, air or water, but nobody has ever tried to stop the factories that do the exact same things to the earth. So it’s not a job for tomorrow, it’s not a job for someone else – It’s up to us. Be part of the solution to pollution.
by Elise Mitchell, Ashley Honan, Chloe Hong, Mietta Chrisfield, Scarlett O’Connor 6B
CERES – White Hat Thinking – Facts
CERES is located in Brunswick East by the side of the Merri creek. The land was originally the land of the Wurundijeri people who lived and hunted there. Before CERES became an environmental park would you believe it was first a bluestone quarry and then a garbage tip!
CERES is now a wonderful picturesque environmental habitat where they teach children and adults to take care of their surroundings, the waterways and our environment. CERES attracts 400,000 visitors each year because of their educational programs.
by Ella Carboon, Jessica Fettell, Olivia Beaton and Yuellyn Sun 6B
Green Hat Thinking – New Ideas
Littering and water pollution is becoming a monumental worriment around the globe and we have a few ideas to help stop this environmental disaster from growing bigger every day.
One recommendation is to hold fundraisers for environmentally friendly societies such as CERES. If we hold fundraisers for such societies we can help them expand or persuade the government to take action about these problems.
Another approach to contribute into solving this problem is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle more instead of just dropping your litter onto the floor and not picking it up or putting it in the wrong bin. If we recycle more, there will be less plastic produced every day and more plastic will be reused.
Our last recommendation is to install more greywater systems around the world in people’s houses so more water will be reused and there will be less water wastage.
by Jasmine D’Elton, Ananya Khatry & Anika Mulemane 6B