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[Thematic Report] Tackling Sustainability within an International Community

by Catherine Shim | 15-08-2020 11:16 recommendations 0

My sustainability endeavors started with a field trip where I had the opportunity to visit a model house that was built using materials and structures that conserved substantial amounts of energy in homes. SInce then, I participated in volunteer work that involved cleanups in local rivers. Coming into high school, I took my interest further to explore sustainability on a broader scale. I saw different documentaries regarding climate change and had the chance to read “The Climate Recession” by Ji-Seok Kim (if you can read and understand Korean, I strongly recommend this book). This opened my eyes to climate change policies and different measures to tackle sustainability.

After transitioning to an international school, I was able to take bigger steps toward sustainability. Being part of the Sustainability Council allowed me to approach sustainability and promote it to the international community. I held a plant sale where we sold a variety of plants to create a green atmosphere in classrooms and bring nature closer to student life. As a part of the Global Recognitions team, I researched different sustainability education programs that could be applied to our school. I prepared presentations to convince the school administration and this is still under progress. Furthermore, one of the biggest initiatives of the council involved “Make It Happen March”, which was a slogan for our BYOC (Bring your own container, cutlery, cups) initiative. Through coordination with the Sustainability Committee in our school, we implemented a no single-use plastic policy and every student in school brought their own containers, cutlery, and cups to purchase food and drinks on campus. 

As the Environmental Officer of Sustainability Council this upcoming school year, I will leading the global recognition project focusing on the different sustainability education systems that I have shared during my report series. Furthermore, I will be transitioning our advocacy to an online platform where we will be creating guides for students to continue sustainable lifestyles at home, ranging from mini hydroponics tower to carbon offsetting at home. The school year will also consist of monthly sustainability days, where we will be organizing workshops and events promoting UN sustainable development goals. While the pandemic has created a major setback to most of our activities, the advocacy will never stop. 

Because of the fact that the student population consists of students and families from all over the globe, this allowed the council to implement actions that could change and educate our students so that when they return to their home countries, they will be able to take on and continue the sustainable endeavors and awareness that they have gained in our school community. This has been one of the greatest driving force of my advocacy for sustainability in my community, and I hope to take on a more creative approach to promoting sustainability and protecting the environment. 


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  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Catherine
    I hope you are doing well
    Very inspiring one
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 18-09-2020 12:42

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Catherine,
    Its me Bal krishna from Nepal. Thank you very much fro your amazing report on Tackling Sustainability within an International Community. Sustainability is necessary in every field and every nation have to play a cooperative role.
    green cheers~

    Posted 18-08-2020 21:46

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Catherine Shim this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for introducing your own situations that considered sustainable development! It was a wonderful report. The report seemed to reveal all the efforts and concerns you've had for the environment so far! I hope you continue to do great things like this.

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 17-08-2020 16:02

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Catherine

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on Tackling Sustainability within an International Community. I really enjoyed reading your report.

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 15-08-2020 21:58

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Catherine,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    Thank You for your wonderful efforts towards Sustainability. The Concept of promoting sustainability by cleanup camapigns, Make It Happen March , constructing using sustainable materials, promoting students through online medium for promoting sustainability seems preety cool. Best Wishes for your future endeavors . Keep Working for Environment .

    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 15-08-2020 13:58


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thanks for sharing your report!
    Posted 15-08-2020 11:38

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