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Kids going green
Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 | 03:30 PM AT
Let's face it, there's no group more invested in cleaning up the planet than kids. After all, it's their future. Problem is, they don't often have control or even a say in how things get done. Not so at Leonardo da Vinci, a Riviere-des-Praries elementary school. Kids at LDV. There kids and teachers have teamed up to help the planet and save their future.
By the way, LDV is a Brundtland Green School. This means that they've joined a network for more than 800 schools across Quebec that are working towards a sustainable, eco-friendly, democratic and socially conscious future.
2. Banning Plastic Bottles: This is HUGE! No one is allowed to buy or sell plastic bottled water at LDV. Instead, for $4, kids can buy a washable squeeze bottle (on which they can scrawl their name). By taking away the option, LDV is forcing kids to think about the choices they make. I'd be curious to hear how parents are reacting. Does your kid go to LDV or another school that's banned plastic water bottles? I'd love to hear about how that's affected your family's behaviour around drinking water both at school and at home.
3. The Eco-Centre: The LDV Eco Centre is manned by the vivacious Bruna Florio. She helps kids sort everything from batteries, bread tags, plastic bags, ink cartridges, markers, pencils and bottle caps. The idea is to save parents from having to make multiple trips to their local eco centre--especially for things like batteries. Instead, when they collect enough, a large batch is taken in ONE CAR TRIP to the centre, thereby saving greenhouse gas emissions as well. Woo Hoo!
Folks, if you're inspired by these stories to make changes at home or at school, I want to hear all about it. And also, check out the One Million Acts of Green website and log your own acts of eco-consciousness.
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