Ecofuntastic Clubs come to NW3! List of Autumn term 2012 activities.
First there was the value-seeking Generation X, welcome now to Gen S, the sustainability generation.
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Brundtland Report 1987
The Ecofuntastics is a lively, action-packed after school or lunchtime club, in which we are not only talking the 3 ‘r’s –
re-cycle, re-use, reduce, but introducing the 3 ‘s’s – soil, soul and society!
Examples of activities for the Autumn 2012 term will include:
1. Apple activism. In September, the streets around us are packed with a plethora of unpicked apple trees and fruit that goes to waste, yet the big supermarket chains still import apples from the USA. What can and should we do about it? Who could we write to? Let’s go out and harvest the apples and press them in our own special apple press and make juice for the whole school. What other apple recipes can we create and cook in the kitchen?
2.Pizza-the-action. We have built a cob oven in NW3. The oven was built from dug up clay and mixed with sand and straw. A cob oven is a great way to teach kids about energy consumption and low carbon building, as well as local food production. In this workshop, we will make our own pizza dough using local flour, herbs and rocket, and go and make our pizzas in the local cob site.
3. Willow withies. Let’s carve willow to make living willow pencils and wittle willow to make other great sculptures and bow and arrows. What other trees are useful?
4. Crude awakening. We invent a board game looking a oil and the history of oil production, the likely future of fossil fuels versus renewable energy.
5. Perfumes ‘n potions. Let’s make bath bombs and elderberry potions, blackcurrant and sage foot potions, oatmeal and blackberry face scrubs. Berries are all around us at this time of year, waiting to be picked and turned into great homemade cosmetics.
6. Edimentals. Can school grown veg look beautiful? Can their be an element of design? What unusual flowers are our there that can be eaten like nasturtiums, or marigold petals? Let’s experiment. Time for t…let’s make our own teas like the chamomile shown above.
7. Hedgerow. Hedgerow’s not only provide great habitats for a number of over-wintering creatures, but at this time of year abound with a feast of hawthorn, rowan and rosehips – great for making our hedgerow jams and jellies. No need to buy cranberry sauce for that Xmas turkey, let’s make the perfect Xmas gift and design our own label and packaging in a link with DT. A local large retailer has also offered us a stall (Budgens Haverstock Hill) to sell or giveaway our produce and teach passers by about the values of local food production.
8. Palette furniture. Can a chair really be make out of an old wooden palette. Let’s find out how. The chair pictured above is called a
‘Lazy boy’ chair – what’s yours called?
9. Carrier-couture. Okay, so we all know that 500 billion carrier bags are used globally each year, and on average 400 per UK household.
Let’s design whacky costumes out of carrier bags, shoot a short film to create awareness of the facts, and upload it onto You Tube.
Spring term activities will include: eco-sushi making… juice it – the cocktail hour… well herby…water-world… pond-life… NRG and retro-fitting…fruit machines…well-fishy! – a look into the world of sustainable fish…bread-making…