To celebrate Earth Day, Project Learn students discussed ways they can make the Earth more liveable.
Our goal was to inspire students to appreciate the Earth and its environment, but to also be mindful on how we use natural resources, including trees and water. In some classes, teachers started the day by sharing a few statistics, such as these:
- It takes about 35 gallons of water to produce one cup of coffee.
- It takes about 700 gallons of water to make one cotton T-shirt.
- It takes about 630 gallons to produce one hamburger.
So, the students were instructed to come up with ways to be more conservative. This is what they said:
Recycle paper, aluminum and plastic.
Use green bags at the grocery store, instead of paper or plastic bags.
Turn used paper into scrap paper.
Unplug your computer or TV at night.
Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room.
Ride your bike.
One student reminded me that Earth Day should be celebrated year-round to make a significant difference, which is true. Our students made a change. What are you doing?