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The Rotary Club of Keilor working with two local schools
  • Providing Scholarships for year 11-12 students at Keilor Downs College for the past three years, ensuring students who may not have had an opportunity to complete HSC without a scholarship can continue their schooling and possibly continue on to tertiary studies.
  • Providing an opportunity for two students from the Catholic Regional College North Keilor to attend a two day Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
Rotary - Model United Nations Assembly
Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world host an international youth program for senior school students which simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly.
The event, known as MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly aims to build good will and understanding
challenging students to research the history, politics, economics, people, international alignment and policies in current world affairs from the viewpoint of an assigned country. Teams participate in debates which reproduce genuine UN debates - often with a fine flow of rhetoric, points of order, motions of dissent and bloc walkouts!
This year, College Captains, Reshaiah Ratnayake and Christian Pino have been selected to represent CRCNK and the Rotary Club of Keilor for what will be an online event held over the weekend of 5-6 December.
 
Adopting the role of China's UN Ambassadors, our students have an unenviable task ahead, debating on the COVID-19 crisis and China's role in it. They are up for the challenge and ready to take on a number of prestigious local and international schools.
Please join me in wishing Reshiah and Christian all the very best as they enter the formidable world of International Politics in an experience that will prepare them for some of the real life challenges that lay ahead
 
 
 
 
 

This month’s feature - Plastic: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Plastics made from fossil fuels are just over a century old. Production and development of thousands of new plastic   products accelerated after World War II, so transforming the modern age that life without plastics would be unrecognizable today.
Plastics revolutionized medicine with life-saving devices, made space travel possible, lightened cars and jets—saving fuel and pollution—and saved lives with helmets, incubators, and equipment for clean drinking water.
The convenience plastics offer, however, led to a throw-away culture that reveals the dark side: today, single-use plastics account for 40 percent of the plastic produced every year. Many of these products, such as  plastic bags and food  wrappers, have a lifespan of minutes to hours, yet they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years.
Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental issue.  The rapidly increasing production of disposable products  has overwhelmed the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is most visible in developing nations, where  garbage collection systems are often inefficient or non-existent. But the developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, also has trouble properly collecting discarded plastics. Plastic trash has become so ubiquitous it has prompted efforts to write a global treaty negotiated by the United Nations.
Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of
setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.
Plastics also can contain additives making them stronger, more flexible, and durable. These additives can extend the life of products, with some estimates ranging to at least 400 years to break down. And then there are microbeads.
However, the good news is that Scientists have been working on the ability to breakdown plastics and have discovered:
  • Waxworms and Mealworms can devour plastics and turn them into compost.
  • A microbe, Ideonella Sakaiensis can reduce the time plastic takes to degrade from hundreds of years to just a few days,
  • And some manufacturers are turning to plants to develop biodegradable bioplastics and to bacteria that convert food waste
to natural bioplastics.
See this video from National Geographic :
 
So what can we do?
Eliminate single use plastics.                 Always carry a re-usable bag.                  Carry a Go Cup/water bottle.
Avoid over packaged products.             Avoid fresh produce on plastic trays.       Choose unpackaged goods or buy in bulk. Recycle plastics accurately.                  Choose refillable or reusable containers.
Pick up plastic on your daily walk.         Join a clean up day.
Choose products without microbeads: toothpaste, sunscreen, facial scrubs, body wash and some cosmetics.
Look out for the ingredients Polyethylene PE, Polypropylene PP, Polyethylene terephthalate PET and Polymethyl methacrylate PMMA.
Shop with the planet in mind.
 
Our Rotary Club is requesting donations via FaceBook and this website from other Rotary Clubs and other organisations for our project "Thanking frontline medical and emergency worker with a free cup of coffee"
 
                                         
                 
Supporting doctors, nurses and health care staff during this time of crisis, offering a $5 coffee to say Thank You
Rotary Club of Keilor Donating $750 of free coffees
 
 

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