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'Less waste, more party': Reflection questions and activities

Michael McVeigh |  22 May 2018

Read the article ‘Less waste, more party’ in the Winter 2018 edition and answer the following questions. Share your answers in pairs or groups. 

Reflection questions

1. How much waste do you end up with after throwing a party? What other things could you do to reduce waste?

2. What are some other celebrations that generate a large amount of waste and use a lot of energy? What are some things that could be done to better use resources? 

3. How can we change people’s attitudes towards caring for the environment from being a burden to being something fun to be celebrated?


The article talks about sharing resources such as lights and decorations, so that items don’t go to waste after a party is finished. Write a list of different re-usable resources that you need to throw a party. Then, as a class, see what items could be collected as donations to the school to become part of a ‘party resource box’. The box could then be hired out by families for throwing birthday parties for a few dollars – with the money donated to Caritas for environmental projects. 

2. Pick a celebration or event that people in your community take part in (e.g. family Christmas, a school concert, a community market). Research and come up with a list of environmental tips for people taking part in that celebration or event, similar to those in this article. Share your ideas in a video or an article for the school newsletter.

 3. You’ve been tasked by your state government to come up with a World Environment Day radio advertising campaign to raise awareness about local environmental issues. Listen to some other radio advertisements to understand what’s needed for an effective message (find some examples here: Then, in groups, write a script for a World Environment Day advertisement and perform it for the class or record it on a smart phone. 

Younger students

Ask the children to list some of the things that they need to throw a party – e.g. cake, balloons, presents, etc. Then organise the list into things that create waste and things that don’t create waste. Go through the list of items that create waste, and come up with ideas about how that waste could be reduced. Get the children to choose one of these ideas and illustrate it on a poster to be placed up around the school for other students to see. Try using recycled newspapers, magazines and other pieces of scrap paper to create your message.

Image: Cel Lisboa on Unsplash



Topic tags: sustainableliving, valuesandmoraldecision-making, environmentalissues

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