Inspiring Action and Making a Difference
The BEAT (Brentwood Environmental Action Team) sponsored by Ms. Laura Richardson, had an action-packed year in 2018-2019, giving students and staff the opportunity to take action in order to make a difference in our community.
We started off our year with the BEAT bonfire hosted on the waterfront, complete with hot chocolate, smores, and music. Our first project was to set up watershed markers on Wheelbarrow Creek which borders our campus to the south. This was the start of a cross-curricular learning experience which was entered into the 2018/19 BC Green Games.
As second term commenced, BEAT began implementing Trayless Tuesdays in order to cut down water, food and energy waste in the cafeteria. One of our most successful courses of action this year was our warm clothing drive, that took place during February’s Kindness Week. The BEAT collected nearly 20 big bags of warm clothing that were donated to the Cowichan Valley Basket Society.
As spring approached, the BEAT worked hard to allow students to get off campus, with an invasive species removal at Somenos Marsh, a trip to the IMAX showing of The Great Bear Rainforest, and a night of prep and exploration at Bright Angel Park. Encouraging students to enjoy nature has been a great way to spread awareness about what we are trying to preserve and protect!
As part of our Earth Week activities, we had our annual “Pizza on Patel” where Houses competed to lower their energy consumption as much as possible and the winner got pizza, courtesy of Mr Patel! Then UVic’s Dr Pederson gave a lecture about climate change and the importance of renewable resources as we move forward. His sophisticated and political approach to this issue simulated much conversation.
The BEAT hopes that we opened up the minds of the students at Brentwood and inspired them to take action in our community and in the homes and nations that they return to. Thank you to everyone who made this an eventful year.
Hayley Fear, BEAT Captain, Mackenzie ‘19