What Is Going Green?

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We Hold The Earth In Each Of Our Hands

We are hearing on a daily basis the words green living and ‘going green’ but, what is going green, what do we mean by it? Many people are not truly aware of how important these simple words really are. Going green really means striving in every way possible to abide by a standard of green living. To live your life in as environmentally and eco-friendly responsible way as possible so as to reduce the impact we make as individuals on the ecology of our planet.

 

We All Need To Practice Keeping Our Planet Healthy

 

We can, and should, all practice ways in which to conserve the resources of our planet to keep it as healthy as possible and reduce harm from every individual’s perspective. Commonly these methods, which is the basis of this website, incorporate sustainability, alternative energy sources, green construction measures, recycling, choosing organic foods and other topics of environmental origin. There are more but they will be considered in other articles.

 

Where Else Is There To Go If We Ruin Our Own Planet?

 

Educating ourselves on how to choose a greener lifestyle and how we can lessen the impact we make on our environment is the first step to creating a safer and more eco-friendly world. They say charity begins at home, well I’m feeling very charitable towards our world. After all, we are living on this planet as if we have another place to go instead of using our resources carefully and thoughtfully to preserve it in as natural state as possible. If we are choosing better options, it may be easier for others to follow our example and lead a combined effort to fight for the same cause. Only then can we start ensuring that our children and grandchildren will have healthier lives and follow in our footsteps to keep it that way. We have to start NOW! Not next year, next month, not even tomorrow.

An Abundance Of Information Abounds

 

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Knowledge is Wisdom

If you are unsure of how you can participate in this attempt to rectify our world, then a visit to your local library, council, and searching the internet offers much information. My website here will help you to take those first steps.

Say no to heavily processed foods, a major culprit our decline in the health of our planet and our physical health, and yes to fresh fruit and vegetables and other whole foods.

Say no to global warming and yes to living on a healthy planet.

 

PLEASE JUST SAY NO!

 

I know there are several views as to the validity of the global warming statistics, some even refuting it altogether, however I don’t want to take that chance with our future, do you?

There are always people who are going to cast doubt and stir up dissent. But truthfully, I think it’s quite obvious the direction this world will take if we keep using up our resources, not replenishing them, polluting our water and atmosphere, and it’s all downhill for the human population. We don’t need studies to prove or refute the theories out there. All we need is common sense.

 

Convenience or Life, Which Will You Choose?

 

Convenience is a thing of the present, but while it saves time and energy, the result is that it adds to the already polluted state of our world. Many things are made from plastic and often cast out in the trash, to degrade slowly, very slowly over hundreds of years. Start right now with some simple ideas with regards to small changes you can make today and begin to make a difference.These are easy, simple ways to begin to reduce your own carbon emissions

 

  • Walk sometimes, or ride a bike.
  • Grow your own herbs and vegetables.
  • Plant some trees, preferably some that grow fruit or nuts.
  • Eat a salad instead of MacDonalds
  • Make a fruit salad instead of buying a dessert
  • Sit outside under a shady tree where possible, instead of indoors in air conditioning
  • Turn all the lights off in the home at night when not in use, and also during the day. Many people are guilty of leaving lights on even during the day.
  • Being more mindful in everything you do

Baby Steps

 

If these ideas don’t seem like much, just remember the huge contribution they will make to living green if everyone adopted these small changes in their individual lives. No one expects us to change everything we do and use overnight, but we can still make a difference in how we, as individuals impact our immediate surroundings. Small baby steps will still get the job done and help others see the ease and value in doing something similar too. Doing the same things but choosing to do them in a slightly different, more environmentally aware choices is one of those small baby steps.

 

 Starfish In The Ocean

 

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Starfish Story

Have you heard the starfish story? There are a few versions but I like this one. An old man is walking along a beach where he comes across a boy throwing starfish back into the ocean. Looking around, the man sees there are hundreds, maybe thousands of starfish littering the beach.

 

It Does Make A Difference

 

The old man wonders what the boy is doing so he asks him. The little boy told him he was throwing them back. The man tells him why bother? He can’t possibly make a difference with so many of them strewn all over the place. To which the boy calmly picks up another one and throws it back in. He says to the man “it made a difference to that one”.

 

Profound Words

This story had a very profound effect on me and stuck in my mind. Whenever I feel lost and overwhelmed in what appears to be an enormous task, such as impacting our environment in a positive way, I think of this story and remember to keep plodding along the same path and eventually come at the destination I am aiming for. Complete environmental awareness and a healthy planet for all.

 

Make A Promise To The Starfish!

 

So here’s a promise to all the other starfish out there. We will make a difference too if you and I take these small steps towards living that greener life that is preferable to the Earth being destroyed. Share your knowledge and desires with your family, friends and neighbours, because only then, when more people become aware and start doing things to change it, we will create more and more changes. When someone asks you what is going green and why do you do it? You can tell them the starfish story and talk about taking baby steps, one at a time, to create a sustainable planet.

 

Thank you so much for reading and if you have any comments please feel free to leave them, we are all in this together, let’s work together and help each other.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

 

 

Green Living Ideas: For The Classroom

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What better way to start children learning about the environment and green living, than to bring green living ideas for the classroom into the curriculum of every school. This is a subject I will revisit other times having taught in schools before. I firmly believe that change in the world begins with children and takes the form of teaching children how to live well or better. This hopefully will set off a snowball effect for those children to then go home and help parents put it into practice, even if it is done as an assignment or experiment. At least this way the next generation have a chance to recognise the importance of caring for their planet and continue to use green living practices through their lifetimes, in turn teaching their own children.

All Schools Should Teach About Gardening For Food!

 

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ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD TEACH THIS, BECAUSE IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT!

 

If there were to come a time in our children’s future, that they need to become self-sufficient, what they learn in school in terms of gardening for food, may well save their lives at a later date. Natural disasters aside, if we continue destroying the planet, we may force our children to have to live like this because we will have left them without resources.

We’ve Come A Long Way, But Is It Enough?

 

When I was young and at school, we heard all about global warming and the ‘hole in the ozone layer’, as they referred to it back then. But the solutions seemed to span long into the future as they were only just beginning to look into solar, wind and hydro power. Many of the things we see today in terms of alternative energy solutions could only be found in a science fiction novel or movie the likes of Star Wars or Isaac Asimov’s work. It appeared to me as a child at the time, that it would take hundreds of years to make the changes needed in those days. Boy we have come a long way in a short time.

Daily Routines To Simplify Green Living Practices

 

Living in an environmentally friendly way should be part of our daily routine therefore creating daily routines in the classroom will lead to children beginning to implement the ideas at home as well. It’s something everybody should strive to do something about, and I am very passionate to see schools start raising awareness of the simple things that everyone can do to protect our planet and environment. Suggestions of how to do this are many. Here I will touch upon a few that as a teacher you could use in the classroom with your students to get things started. Let’s make learning to live a greener lifestyle a compulsory part of the curriculum. It can only serve to teach self-sufficiency, as well as caring for the environment if ever there was a natural disaster and food and shelter was scarce.

Recycling Can Be Fun And Educational

 

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Global Education Is Important

After setting up a lesson structure on recycling, teachers set up a recycling program in the classroom so that all students can participate in it in a fun way and learn how to recycle. As a suggestion, use a series of boxes or bins of differing colours for the varying types of recycling to be done. For me, my personal choices are green for compost, yellow for recycling and red for non-recyclable items, but use whatever is suited to or more representative of your own communities recycling patterns.

 

Remember To Educate On Types Of Waste Suitable For Composting Or Not

 

Please bear in mind that food items that are prone to rotting and attracting flies, such as meat, cheeses, anything animal based, would not be considered able to be composted. While you wouldn’t put egg waste in a compost bin, you can however compost egg shells. Leave the compost bin outside the classroom instead of inside due to the smell they accumulate.

If you can, separate the recyclables a little more, select more colours and bins for this task. Yellow could be kept for the cans and plastic bottles of any sort. Blue might represent paper and cardboard items and so forth. There are many ways in which recycling can be organised.

 

Creative Recycling

 

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Recycle Tree

Adding in another aspect, a white bin or large box would be very handy for the children to bring things in to school from home that would be recyclable. Just perfect and ready for those construction activities and projects, that could also be a part of the learning activities, to teach the children just how recycled items can be reused.

 

Devise An Assignment Or Have Them Construct Something From The Future

 

Why not develop an assignment for them to construct something purely from recycled items? Have them create new inventions, something imagined from the future, a future with a clean and safe environment, this would be fun and educational. Choose class monitors to be responsible for taking the recycling and general rubbish (red bin) to the larger bins found within the school grounds if the school participates in this kind of rubbish collection.

 

Get Outside And Into The Thick Of Things

 

Most students love the prospect of getting out of the classroom and doing activities outside. Outdoor lessons could incorporate an exercise where small groups work together to collect rubbish from the school grounds and record the number count of each type of rubbish and note whether it is recyclable or not before putting it in the bin. At the end the groups might gather and collate their information as a class on the whole. Encourage a discussion on just how much of the rubbish could have been recycled. They would most likely find the larger quantity to be the recyclable material. Get them to hypothesise what they expect it to be and consider their results.

 

There’s A Lesson In Everything

 

Of course I do encourage wearing gloves during this exercise. If collection is an issue, the exercise is still possible by just doing a tour of the school grounds and simply making a note of all of the different types. Same exercise, just done differently. The school would certainly benefit from a school clean up and students will be encouraged not to litter the school yard and eventually planet as well. Thus opening up a lesson on how long certain waste products take to break down or decompose. Another school project may have students participating in yearly community clean up days if that is available.

 

Let The Creative Juices Flow

 

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Ladybug Enjoying Nature

For another lesson hold the class outside to just enjoy the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air. The teacher then invites a class discussion about what it feels like to have nice clean air and sunlight. Sit quietly and listen to the sounds heard, birds singing, bees buzzing, and feeling the stillness in the air. Perhaps incorporate a meditation or yoga exercise to encourage students to find peace in their surroundings and add another aspect to instilling a desire to protect the environment.

 

Help Them To Find Peace In Their Surroundings So They Won’t Want To Lost It

 

Try talking about the future implications of what might happen to that fresh air and sunlight if nothing is done in terms of caring for the environment before it’s too late. Get them to think about what would happen to the plant life and animal life should that air become too thick with pollution. Students should write some pleasant poetry or prose during this outdoor lesson depicting their thoughts about now and the possible futures of a healthy planet or a polluted planet.

 

 

Grow Their Minds And Plant The Seeds Of Thought

 

There is also something special about planting trees and gardening and seeing new life sprout out of the ground. For children to learn about how plants grow and contribute to the ecosystem, the concept of planting their own seeds and gardens, to grow trees and vegetables that can be admired or eaten even, lends more weight to discussions. Let alone a lesson or two in the care of plants, patience and long term effects of allowing our resources to become overused and then have to wait months, sometimes many years for new growth to become established to a point of usability.

 

Get The Community Involved

 

Why not have a planting party where each child can plant their own tree or seedling? There are some communities where the city council or landscaping companies offer free or low cost trees, Etc. especially native trees, for schools or even in the general community. Many council websites would have that information, or plan a visit to the local council to find out. Ask for donations from parents or companies that regularly sponsor the school.

 

Use The School Grounds To Teach Life Lessons, Not Just Theory

 

Start a school veggie garden and use the products that grow in a cooking lesson down the track, or make a healthy salad. Tending the garden, weeding, watering, watching the plants grow can be such an amazing feeling for the children to see something they’ve created and planted, sprout, develop and become something so precious in terms of the future of the Earth. If the school doesn’t have the space to plant gardens or trees, then perhaps look for a neighbouring park, playground or nature strip that permission may be gained to do this.

Teaching respect for nature at an early age so that they continue to respect it as they get older and move into adulthood is such an important lesson. There are so many other areas that lessons could be created from that veggie garden but I’ll leave those for another article.

 

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A real farm-acy, not the pharmacy that we are all used to.

Teaching At Home

 

Continuing this trend at home, the students might gift their parents on their birthday or mother’s/father’s day by planting a tree in the garden for them. I remember getting a tree from school when I was only about 8 years old and planting it in the garden of my family home. I drove past that old house many years later to find that tree still right in the middle of the front garden of the house. It was huge. I felt so proud and was so tempted to go and knock on their door and tell them I planted that tree some 30 years ago. I thought I’d best not do that just in case they thought I was a tad on the odd side and called the police or something.

But that is how significant the planting of one tree was to me and how it impacted my life to the point where I felt pride at the simple gesture of planting one single tree. When I was young I didn’t know that I would be contributing to helping the planet by planting that tree, but now I know more and I feel more motivated and encouraged, and even a little excited at the prospect of planting trees.

 

Where To Go From There

 

From this point, continue on with the lessons that relate in some way to the topic or unit of study. Other relevant topics to incorporate into this particular subject are other ways recycling might be used. For example, the article I wrote on Will-I-Am and 3D printing, global warming, the condition of the planet and the environment for future generations and us, energy conservation and alternative energy sources to name just a few.

 

 

Thank you for reading. If you are a teacher and are already incorporating these green living ideas for the classroom or other lessons into your planning, please feel free to leave a comment below and some suggestions for other teachers who will read this.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

 

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Global Education Image by jscreationzs from www.freedigitalphotos.com

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This Is A Farmacy Image courtesy of David Wolfe’s Facebook page