Sound Off! with Juliana Benoit

December 3, 2011

Sound Off!

What Makes Me Angry

If I were to list out all the things in our world that I was angry about, the list would never end. Our world has so many imperfections that choosing only one of them was quite the feat. In the end, however, I narrowed it down to two: the human race and composting at LFAS. Though I may have more to say about the first one, I finally decided to go with the latter, the one that a student rant could actually, possibly affect.

For those of you who don’t know what composting is, and apparently that’s a large number of you at our school, here is the definition: “a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil.” In other words, taking organic material and rather than throwing it into the trash, helping the environment by turning it into a fertilizer for soil.

Did you know that according to Environment Canada nearly one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions come from every tonne of food that goes into a landfill? No, I bet you didn’t because most of you would rather know what’s going on in Glee than in our own world. But to be honest, you don’t need to know these things. Other people have done the research; they’ve worked incredibly hard to make a compost system on their own time. All you need to know is to throw your leftover fruit, veggie, bread, tea, coffee and paper napkins into the green bins sitting next to the garbages around the school and the small white bins in your classrooms. I don’t know why this is such a hard concept for people to grasp. but I know that it is  (judging by the amount of food in the compost bins at the end of the day, and the larger amount in the garbage cans).

I understand that at times there isn’t a compost bin around, and you just can’t fathom holding onto that apple core for a few more minutes so you think “hey, what’s the big deal with throwing one apple away?” Nothing, except that if everyone thought that way, suddenly it’s not just one apple anymore, it’s hundreds. No one is exempt from changing the world, and if you don’t help, those who are trying to can’t do anything either. No matter how hard the Azevados and Mr. Ames worked on the composting system, it will mean nothing until people actually start composting.

So students, I ask you to simply hold onto that apple core for an extra minute or two, and teachers I ask you to please put something by your garbage that serves as a compost. Even if you don’t have an official bin (a simple Tupperware container would suffice), students are a lot more likely to compost if they don’t have to walk down the hallway to do it. Other people will do the actual composting;  they’ll even clean out your bins and put them back.

All you have to do is remember to put your banana peel in the big green bin labeled “COMPOST.”

Is that really too much for the average mind to understand? God, I hope not.

by Juliana Benoit, English 11

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