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Kids going green

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.
I might need a minute to brush away the tears of joy...
Yay! So kids and adults are joining hands to think about, plan and facilitate a better future for everyone.
The way that that's being done at LDV is:
1. Vermicompost: They have an active vermicompost program that helps them compost leftover food scraps from the cafeteria. Eventually they want every classroom to have its own compost so no organic waste will end up in the landfills. Erica Tripodi is did an excellent job of explaining to me how the vermicompost works. It's easy. And not gross... well, maybe a little at first. But not too bad. Right Erica?

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.
And kids, I want to hear from you. What are you doing to be green? Are you trying but grownups at your school or home won't let you? What are your ideas? What's the hardest part about being green for you? Tell me all! You can leave a comment or call our talkback line: (514) 597-5626

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A. Paige


Can you recommend a place in Montreal that sells the type of worms needed for vermicomposting?

Posted November 11, 2008 05:51 PM

k gareau


QPIRG mcgill used to sell kits... if not, google sustainability concordia, they'd probably be able to hook you up. Or maybe check out the frigo vert on mackay street beside the hall building (concordia). There are many ways to get a vermicompost on the go, and a lot of material on the web to get you started.

Posted November 14, 2008 12:18 PM

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