M4 GCP STUDENTS GLOBAL GOALS
Last term, our M4 Global Citizenship Programme (GCP) “Bee Green” group started an exciting leadership journey that is enabling us to develop and implement a project to help us achieve some of the United Nations’ Global Goals (ambitious and transformative set of goals with the power to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change).
Global Leaders Competition
We entered our project into the Global Leaders Competition which has given us the opportunity to create positive change and join a global movement of socially conscious leaders. The GSL Global Goals Competition is challenging us to THINK GLOBALLY by STARTING a LOCAL project called “Bee Green” that contributes towards addressing the needs identified by the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
We have designed “Bee Green” in the hope that will get the world closer to achieving these Global Goals; #2 – Zero Hunger and #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.
The Problem and our Solution
First of all, we identified problems in our local community. The most pressing issue for our community we felt was the excessive use of plastic. We decided to work as a team to try and find a solution to fix this problem. We then came up with the idea of “Bee Green” a social enterprise that creates beeswax wraps – a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic food wrap, made using organic beeswax from a previous GCP initiative and donated second-hand clothes.
We realised that there is great potential for us to make a positive social change so we decided that the sooner we started the project, the sooner it would begin to have a positive impact. On Saturday, 16th December 2018, we set up a stall at our school (Sotogrande International School) Christmas Fayre and carried out research on the need for our product via a community consultation. We engaged in discussions with numerous people from the local community to assess the interest in this product. The information that we gathered through this consultation will later help us to measure if our project is successful.