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Destination Conservation
Old 04-21-2006, 10:05 AM

Destination Conservation is one of the programs that our school uses. Google it for many ideas.

You could also continue to encourage your students to look for solutions to some of the things you experienced:

No place to recycle while on holidays? Bring it home with you and use your local depot...

Be an environmental hero and pick up the garbage on the beach...

Write a letter to McD saying how you understand the need to use sanitary procedures but giving suggestions on avoiding the excess plastic around spoons. Choose to write to other companies that seem to use too much plastic/non recyclable material to wrap their products (I'm thinking of some of the Polly Fashion sets that my daughter has recieved)

Don't just have a paper recycling bin in your classroom, have a "reuse" bin for those pieces of paper that have little on them. We use these scraps to write reminder notes, doing math scratch work on, book marks, etc.

When a student asks to throw away an old assignment, juice box, shoebox, etc, I no longer say "sure", I say "put it in the correct bin"

Give them a grade 5/6 students like this one.... imagine Bambi, Thumper and the rest of their friends with sad faces standing amongst a whole bunch of tree stumps... let's keep Bambi happy!!

Discuss/draw alternate transportation that they could use as adults. Plant the seed now.

Brainstorm ways that "garbage" can be reused.

Look at new technology -- how about those new lightbulbs --might be more expensive but last so much longer --- less waste when thrown away.

Explore the opportunities for recycling in your area (I used the internet, yellow pages, newspaper features, word of mouth). We now know where to recycle old paint, paper, cardboard, milk containers, juice boxes, pop cans/liquor containers, tin cans, old computers/T.V. sets/electronic components, car batteries, regular batteries, clothing, unwanted household items, toys, garden waste, natural Christmas trees, etc.

Teach "respect for the environment", look at native legends in many cultures that emphasize this type of respect.

Do some "Did you know" facts (thinking of all of the Everest expeditions and how there are specific ones just for cleaning up all of the junk left behind by some of the climbers -- oxygen tanks, old supplies, etc)

This can't happen all at once but it's a lifelong topic for the students.
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