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An Educator's Guide to Green Lessons & Activities

The term "Going Green" is well known in today's world, as respect and awareness of the planet continues to grow. The realizations set in, that if we don't take care of the world today, the things we love won't be available for future generations to come. With the knowledge that some living creature becomes extinct every single day, we cannot afford to ignore the fact that we can make changes that will matter now and long into the future. The world has an ever-growing population, and natural resources are being expended at an alarming rate; the world must find ways to decrease harmful actions that deplete those resources. Things like protecting the groundwater from contamination, recycling paper, aluminum, and plastic products; using energy efficient light bulbs, and  utilizing city bulk pickups instead of dumping. If we learn to be green and then can teach children to go green, the entire environment will benefit.

Recycling has never been so vocalized and important as it is today. Today, almost everything we have can be recycled in some way or another and sometimes a single item can be reused over again before it is recycled or transformed for another use altogether. For instance, a paper towel tube could be used for play or for a craft; a cardboard box can be used for storage, to move items or as a fort for kids to play in before it is recycled; water bottles can be refilled and an old drink pitcher can be used as an indoor plant watering can. One of the best ways to recycle is to pass it on. Passing it on means doing things like giving unused clothes to the needy or finding a new home for something you don't need anymore. The longer an item stays in use, the less refuse is produced, and the less recycling is needed.

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