Category Archives: ecology

Real world lessons

Just a few years ago, I would have been amazed to overhear a mom give a very detailed explanation of the family composting system.

But I wasn’t surprised when that happened, recently.

Many parents have shifted their thinking. Instead of protecting their kids from realities, they are giving them a more grown-up understanding of real life issues.

This is not only happening at younger ages; this “realistic” teaching is often linked to suggestions of how to make our troubled world a better place.

And that’s all good.

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Giving back

I knew that the wave of eco-friendliness had exploded into a true societal shift when an electric car charging station was installed at our community center.

One of the neatest sustainability initiatives comes from reverse delivery service. After drivers deliver food to restaurants and grocery stores, they pick up food donations that go to local food banks.

It’s not cheap being green

This fall, there’s been very little chatter about schools which upgraded environmental factors over the summer.

Schools that modernize typically move at least toward water and energy efficiency. But the cost of going green has postponed some enhancements and caused shrinkage in other projects.

When costs and benefits are analyzed, our earth often loses.

The plastic footprint

I noticed a number of those gigantic, plastic baby exersaucers left on the parking lot after a recent neighborhood garage sale. It appears large plastic playsets hadn’t sold well, either.

Are parent tastes in toys and baby equipment changing to align with more eco-friendly views of their generation?

A green holiday

A mom recently shared her concern about the rolls of wrapping paper she bought. She complained, “I wanted to go paperless, but it’s no fun for kids to open a reusable cloth bag on Christmas morning!”

She’s right.

To go green, look for reusable gift wrap made from newsprint – I buy big rolls all the time. Read labels to find boxes made from recycled craft paper or other degradable, natural, or sustainable materials. Substitute raffia or hemp organic cotton fibers for ribbons.

You can have a green Christmas!

Foam fight

Foam lunch trays have become an unlikely focus of heated discussions in school board sessions and PTA meetings.

Polystyrene lunch trays are the latest focus of environmentalists.  School officials say that  “going green” would increase costs, but I’m guessing we’re only on the front end of this conversation.

Beyond the 3Rs

I wasn’t surprised to learn that nearly two-thirds of teens feel their peers should be more environmentally conscious.  After all, these 14-18 year olds grew up on the front-end of the 3R  movement.

According to recent data (link below) teens are ready and willing to go beyond the basic reduce-reuse-recycle actions.  Perhaps it will be the current teen generation who will address issues of de-forestation, water shortages and energy dependence,  because even in this election year, I don’t hear any serious talk coming from candidates.

http://www.envirothon.org/pdf/2012/Canon_Environmental_Survey_Release_FINAL%207_20_12.pdf