Education Tips

Habits die hard - if you're brought up thinking Green, it's easier to stay thinking Green. Schools are the perfect place for environmental initiatives. They are crowded and busy places that consume a lot of resources. Environmental projects can help create a sense of community and participation while providing excellent teaching resources. And who knows, children may start bringing their good habits into the home and influencing their parents!

Meanwhile, we need to put the brakes on the increasing corporate takeover of our schools. In a school in America, for example, PepsiCo donated $2 million to build a school football stadium in exchange for exclusive rights to sell its soft drinks in all of the 140 district schools and to advertise in school gymnasiums and on athletics fields. That deal is estimated to earn the company $7.3 million over seven years. Education or exploitation? (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001)


Walk to School: At 8.50am, one in five cars on urban roads is taking children to school. One quarter of children travel to school by car, twice as many as 20 years ago. Contrary to popular belief, in slow-moving traffic pollution levels are actually higher inside the car than out. Children who walk to school are usually fitter than those who are dropped at the gate, and arrive for lessons more alert (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001). 

Put recycling bins in the classrooms and play grounds: Think how much paper gets thrown away in schools each day, all of which could be recycled. In the playground, a yellow coloured bin to cater for cans, tetra brick, crisps and sweet wrappings, and other plastics during break time would also be beneficial to separate this type of waste from other general waste.  Get a recycling scheme going at school (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).