The environment has suffered a lot over the latest decades. The rapid increase in the human population makes resources valuable and rare. A new lifestyle is being adopted and new habits take their place in our everyday way of living. At the same time technology makes it harder to live a sustainable life and protect the environment. How can we fight the challenging reality? The start can be done in schools, to educate younger ages how they should treat nature. Show them that earth is their home and the way they treat it is the way it will evolve. If they don’t respect it, they shouldn’t expect much in the upcoming years; the natural beauty around them will reduce and forests will dry out. In schools, awareness can be raised in an organized and effective way.
Here are some things that in the future all schools are considering to include in their policy.
Recycling should be the number one priority for all schools in terms of facilities and culture. Proper bins have to be in visible spots where pupils can see them in order to encourage them to use them. When everyone is recycling it then becomes a habit. After a while when a child sees his fellow throw common trash in the recycling bin they will react and report the incident to a superior. A whole culture can be built from simple stuff in an attempt to educate the next generation and raise awareness regarding climate change.
- Adjust lessons to respect nature
To begin with, lessons that have to do with art can be the leaders in an environmentally friendly direction. When a student is asked to construct an artistic project you can ask them to use only stuff from their house that would go to the trash. Apart from that, in all topics, parents can be asked to buy notebooks and everything that their child will use from recycled materials. In gymnastics, you can have kids work about the school once in a while. Let them check if recycling has been done successfully and if the school is rich, lessons like horse-riding or anything that includes nature and animals can prove to be a great success for their connection with the environment.
- Establish eco-friendly days
An eco-friendly day can include a variety of habits that will help children keep nature in mind. The day could start with the pupil walking or cycling to school to reduce engine emissions. This is only a proposition, but this good turn into a big thing in school so after a while classmates discuss it with each other. We all know how kids want to be a member of a team. If their friends are doing it, they will do it. Due to the fact that such an attempt includes parents too, the effect of this strategy can be even better.
- Educate the employees
You can’t ask small kids to act like aware citizens if you are not willing to set a good example. Inform and educate the staff who works in your school about the details they should focus on themselves. Digital records can be preferred over printed copies, and reusable bottles for water instead of one-use plastic are only two of the many examples we can mention. A meeting at the beginning of the season can set the boundaries and let teachers know what habits they should adopt and what they should ask children to do.
What a better example to help the environment we live in, than a green policy. Plant more trees in your school and try to make this an issue for the young learners. Let each classroom be responsible to provide water to a particular tree in the garden. Elsewhere, you can divide responsibilities based on the days. For example, one classroom should water all of the plants on a specific day. The help of a gardener for school plants will be of course necessary. At the same time, ask them to plant a flower in their garden or a pot if they live in an apartment. Encourage them to take pictures of their plant and show them to the rest of the classroom at the end of each month.