This scholastic year, we are building on the success of last year's We Eat Responsibly EU funded project, with a variety of exciting activities and initiatives.
First on the list this year was an assembly on palm oil. We decided that creating an awareness of the issues surrounding palm oil was of paramount importance. Before last year's project, most of us were totally unaware of how widespread is the use of palm oil in packaged goods. More importantly, we were unaware of the damage caused to the environment, the exploitation of workers on palm oil plantations and the land grabbing taking place in tropical rainforests.
Whether we like it or not, we live in a globalized world - the choices we make as consumers in Malta have an effect on the entire planet and on people living far away from us. The flip side to this is that we are able to exercise our consumer power for the good, as well as the bad.
We watched edited clips from the highly acclaimed, multi award winning film, Green, by Patrick Rouxel. Green is a rescued orangutan who reminisces about her life in her beautiful rainforest before it all goes horribly wrong with the arrival of the palm oil plantations. This is the link to the entire film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WNgoqBGw4Y
This is the power point we used in our assembly: