The statistics are staggering and we have to do something about it or else we will all be buried one day with a serious bulk of garbage and inhaling toxic air all the time. As of 2010, America has accumulated a total of 250 million pounds of trash. Not only that, as far as total amount of emissions is concerned, there are about 4 metric tons per person each year.
It may be a long shot but it has to start somewhere. Instilling upon the young minds of children can be a great start for things to come. Green education is crucial. Information dissemination and constant reminders can create awareness and build a send of accountability. In essence, universities, secondary schools and elementary schools from all over the world should be able to teach students to help save the environment.
Talks and dialogues may vary depending on the age and level of the students. As for teachers and administrators and those belonging to the academe, taking part in this endeavor brings hope and enlightenment that the Earth can be saved from total damnation. Here are some tips for teachers and administrators to talk about in their dialogues to empower and encourage students to go green:
The Impact of Sustainability – There is a great need to expound on sustainability. Discuss what living sustainably means and create an idea of what green living is all about. What can sustainable living do and how important is it to the environment in the light of issues on hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, deforestation among others. Then the next step should be introspection on the part of the students. Ask them and let them know their views. Gather suggestions and opinions.
The Full Support on Green Projects – The school is the model for students to follow. It is the school’s sole responsibility to initiate the awareness campaign in saving Mother Earth and everything will follow. Projects in school and the community that are eco-friendly should be actively participated in by the students and the whole school.
Consider Green Transportation Choices – Try to impart the importance of living sustainable through the use of buses and local trains instead of using own cars. Carpool can be very advantageous which can result to energy savings and lesser emissions. The school should be able to provide enough buses to cater to the students when they opt to leave their cars and choose to go green in this aspect of commuting.
Share the Essence of Waste Reduction – Tell students what waste can do to the environment and how it can greatly affect the lives of millions. Make a list of the different kinds of things that turn to waste like discarded paper, empty bottles, product packaging and many more. Then, discuss ways and strategies on how to minimize trash and recycle others for a much greater use.