One person can make a difference and everyone should try

One person can make a difference and everyone should try

By Amelia Obermayer, Age 12, Student at BISR

                                                                                                      I recycle these at school

Hello, my name is Amelia Obermayer.  I am 11 years old, 12 on 1st November.  I was born in Germany, which is an eco-friendly country. I grew up in Munich, at home we had 4 different bins, paper, plastic, glass and general food waste.  We were used to recycling and separating our rubbish.  Germany also has a system called “pfand” where you receive a small refund if you return your glass bottles to a special bottle bank inside of supermarkets.

I grew up watching David Attenborough documentaries and especially loved the Planet Earth series.  Sometime at the end of 2018, I saw a short clip of David Attenborough telling people in government positions that if we don’t do something about Climate Change, then the earth will be destroyed.  He said that everyone can help, young and old and that young people are doing the most.  He also said the best way to save the environment is to eat less meat.  So, in January of this year, I became a vegetarian because I wanted to help our environment.  I am very happy I made the decision and my family eats less meat and meat products as a result of my decisions.

                                                                                                      Items we use at home

I also help the environment by doing other small things.  Why not try introducing a couple of these into your home.

  1. Take reusable shopping bags with us when we go shopping.
  2. Refuse small plastic bags if the item can be carried.
  3. Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.
  4. Don’t take long showers.
  5. Wash the car only when it is dirty.
  6. Refuse plastic knives and forks, straws and extra containers.
  7. Try to recycle plastic containers and plates.
  8. Don’t buy many cheap items of clothing.
  9. Turn off the light when leaving the room.
  10. Try and reuse non-renewable items like plastic bottles

I reuse plastic such as restaurant and supermarket containers for school pack lunches and camp out snacks.  We have started to use non-plastic items such as wax wraps instead of plastic wrap and glass jars to replace plastic containers.  I recycle my homework models and boards to other projects.  I have made natural dishwasher pods to replace the chemical ones.

I try to be as eco-friendly as I can.   REUSE non-renewable items, RECYCLE household single-use items, REDUCE the number of plastic bags, bottles and other objects and REFUSE plastics bags, straws and containers.

Together we can make a change big and small, start today!


“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

Albert Einstein

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