Kicking off the 'Green Team' project series
60 minutes - 50 kids - 39 kilos of waste
How long does a plastic bottle actually remain in the sea?
In which waste bin does a normal receipt belong?
And how many kilograms of rubbish does each German produce each year?
The pupils of the Rotkäppchen primary school in Buxtehude had a few minutes to think about these and other questions before Fabian Voß answered them.
Fabian started his training as a shipping clerk at NSB in September 2021. Since November last year, he has been part of the ‘Green Team’: trainees, interns and dual students are trained in-house to become sustainability ambassadors. NSB is supported by Dr Barbara Ruser, an honorary member of the initiative BUXTEHUDE IM WANDEL. Different educational modules on various topics related to sustainability are just as much a part of the training as independently organized projects. At the end, the participants are certified by the initiative.
Fabian himself grew up in Buxtehude and attended the Rotkäppchen School. Reason enough for him to pass on his acquired knowledge to the young pupils.
“I want to create awareness for the global waste problem and encourage them to rethink. The earlier the children understand how important this issue is for the preservation of our world, the sooner they can achieve change through their new actions,” says Fabian. He hopes that the students will take what they have learned home with them, produce less waste in the future or think about alternatives such as shopping in bulk stores.
On two mornings, he welcomed a third and a fourth-grade class, each with over 20 children, and used a presentation, open discussion sessions and age-appropriate documentation to illustrate the ever-growing threat posed by careless waste handling. For a group activity, the kids climbed the glass tower on the NSB campus, marveled at the displayed ship models and looked as far as the port of Hamburg. On posters they documented their ideas for a more sustainable future and at the same time discussed what would happen to the earth if nothing changed. They then proved their acquired knowledge in a quiz that picked up on themes from the previous presentation.
To follow up with action, Fabian had planned a waste collection in the streets around the NSB site. Equipped with gloves, tongs and rubbish bags, the pupils set off. And the results were impressive: A total of 39 kilos of rubbish were collected in only 60 minutes!
At the end of the day, we invited the children to the NSB canteen to talk about the benefits of waste picking in a cozy atmosphere and to announce the winner of the quiz.
A big thank you to Fabian for his enthusiasm in bringing this important issue to young people and to the Rotkäppchen Primary School for cleaning up our surrounding together with us.
We are sure that the experience was a topic of conversation for many of the kids at the dinner table and that they will think more consciously about waste separation and prevention in the future.