Composting Comes to King’s

The reporter and Hyerin Shin '17 give the ol' compost heap a few turns of the spade.

The reporter and Hyerin Shin ’17 give the ol’ compost heap a few turns of the spade.

Our earth is a precious vessel; without it, survival would not be viable. Sadly, the activities of humans during the past two hundred years have caused serious damage to our beloved home. Industrialization and our heavy reliance on fossil fuels have flooded our atmosphere with harmful green house gases that trap heat. Among its many other effects, we are experiencing warmer weather and shorter winters, contributing to the melting of the icecaps. This in response threatens the livelihood of many coastal countries and endangers many beautiful animal species, such as polar bears. Fortunately, modern science has discovered various actions that can be taken to help mend what we have caused. Most notably, green initiatives such as education work to raise awareness about activities that may harm earth so they may be avoided.

Locally, the King’s Academy Green Club has been advocating some very exciting projects to help combat global warming. They have successfully helped the school halt the use of plastic bottles in the dining hall by using reusable ceramic jugs; saving valuable resources and blocking harmful waste from contaminating our environment. Recently, they have advocated for and successfully approved the construction of a compost pit in one of our empty fields. We will be placing the remains of our food from the dining hall into this pit. After a certain amount of time, we will be able to re-purpose our waste as useful fertilizer for our fields. Without this compost, food waste would simply go to landfills, further contributing to dangerous gases in the atmosphere. With this change, not only can the school save money on fertilizer, but it can reduce its global environmental impact. This is a great success in our battle to make King’s a greener school.

Written by Ahmed Alhroob ’16