On March 19, a group of eight St. John’s High School Students travelled to the 2014 Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference, held in Luxembourg. This three day conference began in 2003, thanks to the actions of students at the International School of Luxembourg who were inspired by Jean-François Rischard’s recently published book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them (2002). They created GIN to gather like-minded students to discuss our planet’s most pressing issues, and to develop potential methods of dealing with them.
St. John’s students gave a presentation entitled “15 Shades of Green; Helping To Create a Sustainable Campus”, wherein they discussed ways that all schools could minimize their carbon footprint, while raising awareness about issues concerning sustainability. Their long-term goal is to follow through with all 15 ideas right here at St. John’s. In addition to presenting, students were also able to attend numerous other presentations given by students, and special key note speakers including Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. We look forward to continuing our participation with GIN next year in Milan.
By Chris Slough, High School teacher