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Shanghai Roots & Shoots’ First International School Summit, a Huge Success!

March, 2012
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rs-group-final-group-photoFebruary 25, 2012 saw 130 members and teacher advisers from fifteen Shanghai Roots & Shoots International School clubs attending the First International School Summit at Shanghai Community International School, Hongqiao campus. The theme of the day was “Achieving Sustainable Change by using your Passion.” Pictures of penguins and the purple colour theme reminded participants that change is more likely to become reality when those involved are passionate about the change. Keynote speaker, Adam Hall, led into the day by sharing his experience as a student activist creating the Moonwalk for Earth foundation. Find out more by visiting www.moonwalkforearth.com.

The goal of Moonwalk for Earth was to raise awareness about the need for sustainable energy sources. Hall demonstrated his moonwalking style, which has earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and in a TV pilot for MTV. Hall urged the audience to focus on the positive aspects of change, and how to capture people’s interest and commitment through activities that are fun and motivational, as well as educational. One of the goals of the day-long event was to provide students from different international schools in Shanghai, the opportunity to meet each other and share ideas for club activities.

A full day of creative workshops provided concrete information about Roots & Shoots’ resources. Participants chose between learning about our web navigation, membership guidelines, popular projects, and more. Workshops were led by R & S staff, consultants, R & S teacher advisers, and student leaders who inspired participants to explore the various programs available or to create their own.

A special double workshop session was conducted by George Kaye of ARTSpring and guest artist Jianwei Fong. Students painted symbols of their own eco values on rice paper using traditional Chinese brush and ink. These will now be combined with original art created by other environmental organizations in Shanghai and displayed at the spring 2012 Eco Design Fair, to be held on April 14 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Cool Docks, 505 Zhongshan South Road.

The Summit came to a close by awarding schools which achieved success in the 1000 Tree Challenge, the Eco-audit Program and the Organic Garden and Worm Farm projects. Green pledges and commitments were then read from a large tree that participants had contributed to and decorated all day. Find the published pledges online at www.jgi-shanghai.org.


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