Keeping Locals Warm and Fed This Winter
By River Teixeira, Year 7 and Miku Adachi Year 11, Students
Local charity, Walk with Us took delivery of many meals this week provided by Somerset families. They were overwhelmed and extremely grateful.
Noah Jay, Year 8 Veivers
The annual Clean-up Australia Day event organised by the Somerset Sciences Committee will take place on Friday 3 March 2017, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Groups of students, under the supervision of the Sciences staff, can come and help clean up Somerset and can use this activity to count towards CAS.
Every time it rains rubbish left on the ground can be washed down drains, through our storm water system and discharged into our rivers, creeks, canals and ocean. This presents a major hazard to marine life, especially when plastics, which are not biodegradable, flow into our waterways.
More plastic has been produced in the first few years of the 21st Century than during the whole of human history. Whilst much of this goes to landfill, a significant portion is making its way to the sea, which is becoming like a plastic soup. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, and that’s not fake news!
All around the world, marine animals are confusing plastic for food and it’s proving deadly. On the east coast of Australia, endangered sea turtles are being found at the surface of the water covered in barnacles. They’re suffering from ‘floating syndrome’, usually caused by the ingestion of plastic, which leads to a build up of gas inside the animal. This means they’re unable to dive, feed and visit their underwater cleaning stations. If the turtles are not rescued, they will die.
If you care about marine life and healthy oceans, there are simple things you can do to make a difference: