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Helping the planet during Lent


While many make the decision to ‘give up’ something for Lent, a group of students at Mercedes College are instead focusing on how they can change their habits in line with Pope Francis’ plea to ‘Care for Our Common Home’.

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Rather than deprive herself of chocolate or soft drink in the lead up to Easter, Year 8 student Ginger Cooke decided to take on board Mercedes’ focus for Lent of “what people can improve on, do better, give more of and celebrate their individuality”.

Ginger’s motivation has been to change her habits to reduce her impact on the environment during Lent – and her efforts have also inspired half a dozen of her classmates to make the same pledge.

They are committed to reducing their use of plastic and are now adept at packing a ‘nude’ lunchbox each day.

The students are also making a concerted effort to opt for bus travel over private car rides to school, and walking wherever possible to reduce carbon emissions.

“I decided I wanted to not just give up something over Lent but do something to make the planet healthier,” Ginger explained.

“Lent was the reason for starting this, but we will definitely keep on going after it has finished.”



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