Schools Eco Project

Thrive works with Hout Bay schools and learning institutions. The Thrive mentor at each each school helps teachers and learners to take action to reduce their eco footprint and become a role model to the community.

The Thrive mentor appoints an eco team by way of an extra mural Enviro Club. Together they work through the curriculum and adopt activities and projects to practice their learnings. Thrive then helps schools take practical steps to measure their eco progress in the annual Enviro Audit.

Awareness is reinforced at schools through the annual EnviroQuiz where schools and community are challenged to learn about the importance of living sustainably using the Smart Living Handbook and articles written by local environmentalists.

Five Pillars of Sustainability

  1. Manage waste wisely: Learners are taught to send recyclable waste back to the manufacturing stream for recycling, thereby reducingor, composting it for
  2. Grow local:  Sustainable living means growing at least some of our own vegetables, using green waste, worm farms and composting
  3. Practice water-wise behaviour: A growing awareness leads to each one of us taking responsibility for water use, repairing leaks immediately, installing rainwater tanks and water saving systems
  4. Use energy efficiently: Each one of us can make a difference by installing energy saving devices
  5. Preserve precious biodiversity: Once lost, our biodiversity cannot easily be restored. Plant indigenous shrubs which will attract local birds and insects to enhance the health of the ecosystem near you.

Learners and adults become aware of the need to participate in a living example of a healthy eco system in which each person, no matter how young, can make a difference to their own health and environment. The earlier we all learn how to create our own food security and positiviely influence the health of our environment, the greater the hope for our planet.