Back to School: Greening our Future Generation

Every August and September, you can find innumerable tips to ‘go green’ each new school year. We can share endless tips on eco-friendly school supplies, best practices for those daily commutes, reusing and recycling rather than purchasing all new supplies, and going digital wherever possible. However, making ‘green’ decisions is only half the battle. It’s time to teach how to ‘go green…’

The drive to create a more eco-conscious world is strong for many of us and yet, there are still many people who have not given our planet much thought beyond their daily routines. So, to create awareness and change, we need to teach our younger generations the importance of conserving energy and making positive choices for a healthier environment.

Encouraging schools to enforce ‘green’ choices goes beyond eco-friendly supplies and the annual “Welcome Back to School” message. Positive change is about giving children and young students the necessary materials to teach them why environmentalism is so important. Throughout the school year children should be inspired to break out of the resource-consuming mold and seek change for a brighter, greener future!

Every class and every subject can educate everyone about green practices in school! Here are some tips to keep the green ball rolling…

Math & Science:

  • Calculate students’ carbon footprints.
  • Calculate a district’s waste and throw in the dollars and pounds to cover conversions too!
  • Study the biology of the world. Science is practically limitless in its potential to inspire awe and wonder for our world!

Art & History:

  • Advocate eco-friendly supplies.
  • Set project restrictions that require students to use objects they find rather than the ones their parents can buy. You know what they say, “One’s person trash is another’s treasure!”
  • Tell stories of extinction and how they came to pass (the dodo bird comes to mind). Inspire children to preserve their natural world!

English & Vocabulary:

  • Try giving students environmentally related words to spell and define such as sanctuary, biodiversity, energy, and sustainability.
  • What English class doesn’t come with essays and papers? Choose subjects that will get students investigating the natural and environmental state of the world.

Check out what one high school math teacher challenged his students to do at Bethpage High School in New York!

See? It can easy, fun, and educational to teach children to be green and eco-conscious! Environmental education today will see a brighter, greener future…


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-Written by: Inés de Sequera