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Art + SLWRP + Garden = CHANGE

Student workStudent workThe 12 students in Pamela Zimmerman's 6th period Art class at Mandela High have hit the ground running this year. As the official SLWRP student group on campus, their charge is to educate their school community about the environment and waste-reduction through art, and they have been keeping extraordinarily busy!

Since September, they have been in charge of their school's classroom paper recycling, as well as building Mandela's first edible garden with guidance from Planting Justice. They have also participated in various campus events, using their art to educate families during the fall's Back to School Night, to educate their peers on environmental justice in a UN Human Rights assembly in December, as well as through hallway bulletin displays.

Check out their photos of this display, based on Jared Diamond's OP-Ed "What's Your Consumption Factor?".

Raising AwarenessRaising AwarenessMs. Zimmerman had made an announcement about this particular display following the school's Alliance for Climate Education assembly earlier in the fall. She noted, "The students would stand there and just look - be amazed by our consumption levels. Especially after the ACE assembly, when they were able to better make the connection between their consumption and climate change. The students really listened when I spoke, and checked the display out. I know my students are making changes here, little by little." 

Ms. Zimmerman and her SLWRP students are fired up to continue this progress this spring. They've already made $150 selling fresh lettuce, cilantro, chard, and mustard greens to the school community, and they plan to double the size of their garden, add a compost, and plant fruit trees. They're also going to continue their recycling efforts and bulletin board outreach, having already noticed a greater awareness on campus from the number of water bottles they've found in the recycling, instead of in the garbage.

Keep up the fantastic work, Mandela!