Musings on trees

Please read the foreword to this before continuing reading. If you have already read the foreword then why are you still reading this? Look down dammit.  


It’s the 21st century, global warming is all time high, trees are a scarce resource that seems to be one of our last hope in battling the greenhouse effect and save many areas from soil degradation, mud slides and what you have it; trees are also the source of one thing that keeps bureaucracy running, paper.

Before you start thinking that I’m going to lecture you guys about saving the world and shit, I’m telling you now, I ain’t so chill. Leave that to some other environmentally conscious saint of an 18 year old cause I’m not that guy, heck this book is printed on paper, what will you have me do? (Unless I suddenly decide to make this an e-book of course) So nope, this isn’t a boring lecture about going green, just a musing about the bane of all IB students and a semi-renewable resource.

If you don’t know what IB (International Baccalaureate) is, it’s a high school diploma program designed to prepare students for college level work and also the no.1 cause for the soon to be sharp decrease in life expectancy of the next generation due to overexertion in their youth. Now IB, as any other good education system do, has a couple of interesting morals, ethics and values such as being critical and philosophical thinkers who are caring and all that crap (I can’t be bothered to list it all out, google the IB student profile if you’re interested) they like to uphold and advocate and we’re ok with that. Especially with the CAS component that requires you to do 150 hours activities beneficial to the community in some form or another. However you look at it IB seems to be the tree-hugging hippie of high school education systems. Yet ironically, it requires students to write at least 4 language essays, 1 extended research essay, 2 math portfolios, 1 TOK essay, 2 humanities/social sciences report and or essay and (minimum) 2 lab reports, all of each are at least 1500 words, some more lasting more than 30 pages and all to be printed in hardcopy i.e. ON PAPER. If we take into account the 2 drafts, printing errors that account for re-printing of these assignment twice (which is the average times we re-print them) single-sided, it will total up to roughly 1 068 pieces of paper used throughout the whole process, that’s a hell lot of paper. And don’t forget the forms and official IB cover page for these assignments AND CAS portfolio which will add another 50 pages to that count. Now multiply that number for every IB student on earth. Typed the numbers in your calculator yet? (yes I KNOW you will!!) Pretty scary number huh?

That is a LOT of paper that translates to a LOT of trees being chopped just so a bunch of kids can graduate high school; oh oh and get a load of this, graduate to get their diploma certificates that is ALSO PRINTED ON PAPER!!! This is just bloody brilliant I tell you. Of course, the irony isn’t lost on the fact that IB advocates its students to ‘care for the world’, but re-print every possible copy of their work until it’s perfect, and to submit everything in hardcopy, write our exams on paper and buy textbooks that are all 700+ pages, usually in color on glossy paper.

So yes, be environmentally conscious, waste naught your paper; recycle your trash and RE-PRINT YOUR ASSIGNMENTS AND KILL MORE TREES!
Sometimes, we have to ask ourselves, with so much hypocrisy amongst adults, do we REALLY want to grow up?

All assignments printed 4 times, Language and TOK 3 pages each , E.E 50 pages, math portfolio 30 pages,  2 humanities/ social sciences assignments 40 pages each,  lab reports 30 pages each

Musings on trees

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