I picked up a newspaper yesterday, what a strange feeling after not having a paper for 3 years, to read up about the local elections. Much to my surprise I found an article about a program in two elementary schools to teach the children about protecting the earth!
My first thought was “It’s about time” but of course I had to read on to see what the program was teaching. The information I found was limited to teaching children how to protect our waterways. Good first start, I hope they continue with a series of classes on the environment. What the children learn will come home and maybe a few adults will actually listen to the tips and take action.
One of the first questions asked of the children was “What should you do with the half can of flat cola in your car?” The optional answers were:
- Spill the soda in a parking lot and toss the can in the bushes or
- Dispose of the soda down your kitchen drain and add the can to your materials to be recycled.
There is also a focus on how to conserve water in the home, such as taking shorter showers.
One part of the class used a “stream table” with crushed plastic for sediment and flowing water. The students were able to shape their own streams to find ways to prevent horse urine and other possible run off from entering into the waterways.
What do you think? Do you have environmental classes being taught to your children?
Following Smart Living 365 here is the quote for today to remind us to be grateful for what we have:
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those he has. ~~ Epictetus