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Give ‘Green Teacher’ To Your Child’s School

I recently picked up at the health food store a copy of a 50-page periodical called “Green Teacher: Education for Planet Earth,” and I’ve decided that since it’s summer and we’re all capable of dreaming about how the next school year might be, I’ll donate a GT subscription to our Montessori school in hopes of further inspiring the school’s receptive management. Articles in the spring issue include pieces on how to help kids in the classroom develop and report back on an indivdual “environmental practice” like timing showers, flushing the toilet less (hmmm, not too keen on that one), biking or walking instead of driving, or helping parents improve home recycling. (One practice I’ve been observing is taking bottles and cans of drinks consumed in restaurants home to recycle, since a lot of places we frequent don’t seem to do it.) Green Teacher also sells books on “Teaching Green,” covering climate change, how to green-up school grounds, and how to encourage an interest in environmental studies throughout the school year. Yes, all this stuff is best taught at home too, but support from a school that engages the whole peer group is vitally important.

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posted July 1, 2006 at 6:46 am

I would love to recycle, but the only thing we can recycle here is plastic grocery bags. Glass, paper, etc. is not recycleable in our area. We are a small town in the middle of nowhere, and as the government of this town found out, it is impossible to even break even trying to recycle. I wish state and federal government would step in and help get a national recycle program started.>

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posted July 3, 2006 at 3:50 pm

My sympathies to you Becky. Tha want to recycle and no way to easily do this. my own thoughts to recycling is #1 cut down on what needs to be recycled. Use your phonebooks and computer to find sites within you area that may recycle for other counties.. Perhaps they will arrange for you to bring your things there. Be prepared to store large amounts of recyclables if the distance is substantial. (saving fuelcosts) We used to cut both ends of the cans and flatten them to save space. As the wife of a “trash/recycling man” please wash out all cans and bottles, milkjugs,… You’ll appreciate that effort too. We had the same problem when we moved away from our childhood home. Home was an hour away but they had recycling. We’ed bring the buckets down to Mom and Dad’s or they’d bring them with them after they visited. With time and enginuity things can work well. Good luck and Thanks ! for the effort !!!! bonnie>

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posted July 5, 2006 at 2:34 pm

You can also flatten soda cans by just pinching them a little in the middle and then stepping on them – easier and less dangerous than cutting!>

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