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Monday, January 26, 2009

* Growing Green

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4 comments:

Janet said...

I think you're right on target not putting it all on the kids. I think we all have memories of hideous things adults told us that have scarred us for life, and most of the time they were well-meaning adults who thought they were helping.
My kids know that their father helps people build houses, and tries to make them energy efficient and use local labor and supplies as much as possible. They help me with the recycling, and go with me to the center (we don't have pick up here). They know how to sort the cans and the plastic. They like to help with the plants and flowers (the few we can manage). They are learning (slowly) that we do NOT need all the lights on in the house! But I definitely need to do more, so I'll be back (but you knew that).

Alison Kerr said...

"...so I'll be back."

I was counting on it Janet... and you are much nicer than The Terminator :-)

Lindab said...

Very interesting, Alison. The question of education for sustainable development is something that government and schools/higher education are grappling with here. How/whether to embed sustainability in the curriculum. Or should it be an add-on. Some links that you might be interested in (tho there is the inevitable British educational jargonese, and of course they're largely from an institutional rather than an individual family perspective). But they show a bit of what's going on here.

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sustainabledevelopment/index.asp

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/aboutus/sd/

Alison Kerr said...

Thanks for the links LindaB. I will add them to my mental list of things to check out 8-|

You raise a good question. What role do government/schools have in education on sustainability? Is this something better accomplished by parents and other adults within the community? Maybe it's safest to tackle it from both directions.

Schools I'm sure can give some knowledge of natural science that starts the understanding. They can have an onsite garden for some of the living skills. They can take kids out into nature for some of the caring aspect.

I read this week about an organic farm in Kansas which is working with schools on various aspects of growing green. I want to learn more and report back here. That goes on the list!

 
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