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4RG Speak Up For The Planet Competition


On Friday April 22nd (Earth Day) two teams of Environmental Council St. John Paull II students went to the Science Centre for the competition judging, light dinner and award celebration of the Speak Up For The Planet competition put on by For Our Grandchildren.  There were schools from several boards represented, however we were the only ones from the TCDSB. 


The beautiful artwork below, envisioned and created by Hashveenah and Eden (President and Social Media Executives of the SJPII Environmental Council), and the detailed description of what the city will be like in 2050 took 3rd prize and an honourable mention! As a result of this wonderful win (as we only found out about the contest a week or so before it ended) $150 will be awarded to the school to pursue our environmental initiatives, which right now is planning an outdoor diversity classroom and pollinator garden.
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Eden Minichiello, Hashveenah Manoharan
When people imagine futuristic design, they generally think of hovercrafts, sleek buildings and even sleeker cars. When we brainstormed 2050, we envisioned one that reaches back to our roots while simultaneously moving forward. Our design focuses on the idea of re-incorporating nature into modern life, instead of our tendency to replace it with infrastructure. In 2050, modern design should involve building around and with nature instead of over it or in place of it. Energy technology would harness renewable energy through solar panels, wind farms, and piezoelectric roads. This image also includes green roofs that encourage and act as examples of urban agriculture. The idea of not destroying nature to live in it is exemplified by buildings that are built around trees, along with one built within a hill. The main forms of transport are via energy-efficient transit systems and bikes. Greenery grown over buildings are not simply photosynthetic but can also insulate the building itself, cutting heating and cooling costs. Plastic and metal jungle gyms are replaced with tree houses. Pollinator habitats line the streets, large windows and skylights encourage natural lighting, and solar panels rest atop streetlights and buildings. By 2050, we will redefine “development” to mean existing in harmony with nature.