Danielle is one of our first Environmental Awareness Scholars, alongside fellow environmentalist Timea Suli.
Generating environmental schemes
Since first learning about global warming – the issue that convinced her to take a stance on environmental issues – Danielle Greenspan has been generating environmental schemes and ideas ...
... Schemes and ideas that range from the everyday, less than glamorous essentials such as recycling and insulation to the more exotic:
The Polar Bear Flotation Device
‘I come up with lots of big ideas. One that my mum dubbed the Polar Bear Flotation Device involves creating an enormous reflective, man-made island from recycled goods – to deflect some of the incoming sunlight and combat warming. And, at the same time, it can act as a haven for polar bears...’
Green ideas for d'Overbroeck's
On a slightly smaller scale, Danielle would like to install themed compost bins at d'Overbroeck's: a sheep-shaped bin for uncooked waste (‘Uncooked? Shove it in a sheep.’) and a pig-shaped one for cooked waste (‘Cooked? Push it in a pig.’). More than a gimmick, the idea is to catch people's attention, and make a joke out of something otherwise drab and forgettable.
‘I don't think I have anything bad to say ... except maybe wishing we didn't get homework.’
She also plans to investigate the possibility of an environmental audit for the College.
Plans for the future
Danielle is studying Biology, Economics, Geography and Psychology at A level, and is a self-confessed 'ideas person', interested above all in communicating her plans to others. And, like our other environment scholar, Timea, she can see herself going into politics – a sphere in which she feels she could make the most impact.
Danielle joined us in 2008 from Oxford High School, and is one of two Environmental Awareness Scholars at d'Overbroeck's this year (the other being Timea Suli). Read more about this and other scholarships at d'Overbroeck's