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Rethinking "Green"
If you’ve ever tried to use slang or jargon with someone who speaks another language, you can appreciate the confusion that results from taking words literally. “Green” has gotten similarly confusing lately. If a product is made with chemicals derived from plants, it can be called green. If a car gets a few more miles per gallon than the older model, it’s advertised as being green. If politicians make a few comments about their love for nature and intent to protect it, they are considered green
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Green Glossary
In a time where “green” and “eco-friendly” are applied to practically every facet of our lives, it’s important to understand what some of these terms really mean. A recent study showed that almost half of recent college graduates were unable to explain the true causes of global warming. Here are the definitions of a few of the most relevant and misunderstood green terms.
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Recycling: Green, Simple, and Fun with Kids
If you have kids, recycling can be one of the most fun and most environmentally-friendly activities you can do. Children are notoriously eager to please and full of energy, making them the perfect catalysts for recycling in your home.
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The Government Speaks: World Population, Carbon Emissions, and You
On Oct. 12, 1999, the world population reached six billion. In 1999, global warming was a theory that not many people knew about, and only a few scientists were even talking about carbon emissions. Now, about a decade later, our global population is 6,772,538,175. It’s projected that we’ll hit seven billion by 2012, and nine billion by 2050. That is a lot of people.
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How to Get a Green Education
A green education is easy to find and will give any young adult a competitive edge in the job market. The North American Alliance for Green Education (NAAGE) is a student-inspired consortium of colleges and other organizations with a commitment to environmental studies programs. NAAGE is a great place to start in the search for a green education, as it offers many inter-institutional courses, field experiences, and opportunities for independent studies. There are several schools that are affilia
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Green Education Foundation
The Green Education Foundation is a new, non-profit organization that promotes and enhances environmental education in schools. Its premise is that children learn more than academics from kindergarten through 12th grade, they also learn societal behavior, ethics, concepts, truths, and attitudes.
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Recycling and Raising Money for Your School
Recycling isn’t just for cans and plastic bags. You can raise money for your school and recycle a wide variety of items at the same time. Many non-profit organizations can help you to organize fundraisers for ink cartridge or cell phone recycling drives. These non-profit organizations, like Funding Factory, help with organizing and advertising your event. They’ll give you flyers, posters, drop off signs, and other promotional materials.
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The Best Green Children's Books
The Green Education Foundation has created a terrific list of environmental books for children of all ages. Categories are divided into four main age groups: read-aloud, preschool-3rd grade, grades 3-8, and young adult. They’ve done a lot of research to find the best green children’s books, and they’ve done a great job.
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Making Homework Carbon-Neutral
If you’re looking for a small step to make a big difference, making your children’s homework carbon-neutral is easy and, over the course of your children’s education, will make a huge difference. With a few easy changes, you can make your child’s (or your own) homework eco-friendly.
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