Have you ever thought about where all of that garbage goes? Will we ever run out of space for it? What will the earth be like in 100 years? Can we do something now to help? Reduce, reuse, and recycle – these are the main components in saving energy and protecting the environment. Here are four creative ways to use these actions to make a difference in your home and school.
First, schools can get involved, because students are a great resource. Students could take classes at each grade level to learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling. This “3 Rs” program can be a major part of every student’s learning. Even field trips can involve working and learning about recycling. Students can learn about recycling and do hands-on activities while they are having fun, too. School PTAs can use the “3 Rs” program and make partnerships within the community that can work together with the school.
Second, schools can help students to reduce waste. All students could receive a metal water bottle with the school’s logo on it. Once a month, the “3 Rs” program could host a “bring your recyclables” event after school. Schools can work with a local recycling company to have items recycled for free. Students can help to make sure items are separated accurately and remove bottle caps. Schools could encourage all families to come!
If schools instituted a device policy, it could eliminate the use of paper. Every student could be given a mobile device. All communication to parents and students would be through the device to save paper. If a parent ever needed a paper copy, the school could agreed to continue using paper, but in a recyclable format.
Lastly, I think that schools could plant their own gardens. The produce grown could be used in each school cafeteria. This would save energy and help the earth. And most importantly - it is fun! Students could learn how to garden and how to help the earth with the “3 Rs.”
In conclusion, it is important that we all contribute to helping the environment. Students should be educated and involved in the program every step of the way. By remembering the “3 Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle), we can all be part of the solution and have fun doing it!
Brenna, Kids Council Member