The global pandemic has, for almost a year, brought the whole world on its knees and impacted every aspect of the human life and the global economy harshly. The enormity of the negative social and economic impacts of Covid-19 as well as the multiple regulations which have been imposed nationwide have threatened people’s lives all around the world. However, such regulations as well as the incessant urge for people to carry out work online have brought several environmental positive changes in several countries. To date, limited studies explored the influence of the Covid-19 crisis on the environment in several context.
As part of our action for this year’s theme “Invisible Waste”, all students at Vittoriosa Primary School will be taking aim at systematically seeking to explain how the pandemic caused their learning experience to change radically and be tipped in favour of the environment. Lessons are now being conducted differently at school, with less paper being used by teachers and students alike, thus stemming away from continuously printing notes or worksheets, buying new copybooks and wasting paper to produce academic work. The number of trees and other vegatation cut down in order to make paper is enormous. Consequently, efforts to reduce paper have now been effective at our school. This method of approaching teaching and learning must be taken up by other schools, institutions and companies to at least partially mitigate the need for destruction of woodlands and the amount of resources used in the manufacturing process. The chemicals used in paper manufacture, such as dyes, inks, bleach and sizing, can be detrimental to the environment when released into water supplies.
Therefore, our action will include the filming of paperless lessons conducted in ways that respect the environment, where such lessons are now dependable upon technology and gadgets used by students to learn.