Empower Your Kids to Green Their School

planting flowers

How about setting your kids a task of monumental proportions that will empower your kids, teach them about leadership, encourage those entrepreneurial skills and get them thinking green? Well, giving them the tools to help make their school green will be a great way to do this! Your young eco warrior of the future will come to life with ideas, thoughts and plans that can change their school for the good! And even better, they would have been the ones to do it!

While a lot of schools are getting into the idea of greening their schools, there are still many who haven’t had the time or resources to do it. Every child, regardless of age should be getting some environmental education as they’re our next generation to protect our planet. So what to do, what to do? Aha, give your kids the chance to make a real change to their world. You’ll be amazed at what they can achieve.

We’re going to give you some ideas of how you can empower your kids to be the leaders of environmental education in their school. Not only does this teach them about the environment of course, but they’ll build self-confidence in their abilities and of course get those entrepreneurial minds ticking over – what a win!

Where oh where to start?

If you consider the whole idea of greening the school, it could seem a bit overwhelming. Where in the world to start? Your kids can’t change the whole school in a day, so the best way to start, as with anything, is at the beginning! Ah, there we go.

First thing to consider is what needs fixing and the kids need to hone those detective skills to get the lowdown. Charge your kids with the task of finding out what is currently happening! How much waste is the school producing, are they recycling and how much, are there any energy efficiencies in place. Once they know these things, you can guide them in taking the next step to making it happen. Another reason for approaching it in this way is that as the programmes start to take on a life of their own, they’ll be able to actually measure their success and see how their ideas have helped to change the planet, one tiny step at a time. Sounds pretty good!

If you’re going to start at the beginning, you need to think about what the most basic of greening projects are. Got it yet? Well think recycling, composting or planting trees. These projects are actually some of the simplest ways to kick off that greening project.

Start the investigation

Get your kids to talk to people in the school, whether it’s people who prepare food, look after the school grounds or are in charge of the school buildings. This way they’ll be able to find out all the things that can be fixed or improved upon quickly. Once they’ve dug out the dirt, get them to set a list of goals, of what they want to achieve and by when. It can be their ‘environmental wish list’. This is the start to making it happen.

Once this has been done, it’s time to talk to the big guns – the people who are in charge of the school. By getting your child to ‘own’ this and talk to the people that make decisions, they are building life skills – one on top of the other. Also, if they also go to the school with a proper plan, the school is much more likely to buy into it.

The kids are in charge!

So, your child has presented the plan, and they’ve got a massive grin, pat on the back and a big fat ‘Yes’ to start. First job, done and dusted. Now they need to get people on board. You can help them to create some ideas of how to do this – is it talking at an assembly, putting posters up around the school to recruit members for an environmental club or could it be that it is communicated in school newsletters? They could even get talking to the teachers and give ideas of ways to make the classrooms greener! The opportunities are endless. Get them to think creatively to make it happen! Guide dear parents, don’t do!

Spread the word

The best way to keep kids pouring in to help is to tell everybody what impact they are making! Let them share their stories with the school, with the staff and by making these changes that are giving them results, the rest of the kids will start to get excited too. Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Show people the way

Let your kids lead initiatives that will ‘show and tell’ the rest of the school about the important things they need to think about. They could plant a vegetable garden and get all the kids thinking about where food comes from, host a waste free snack day – no packaging allowed. They could even work with staff at the school to prepare healthy food for the day that kids can actually watch and learn, and then they can enjoy it on the spot. What happens after that? Composting and recycling, of course.

Let the light shine in!

Heaps of studies have been done to show that a healthy dose of sunshine not only lifts mood, but it makes kids more productive and happy. So, let your kids educate and lead the way to making sure that light is coming into their classrooms or speak to teachers about taking classes outside sometimes.

Host a clean-up day

Your young fearless eco leader can host a clean-up day. Get the whole school involved and get the kids removing all the rubbish, even if its old papers that are just lying around in school offices, litter on the grounds or even cleaning out dusty areas in classrooms, using green products of course. All these things can make a massive difference. Let them speak to those powers-that-be and hold some sort of competition – who collected the most rubbish, which class was the most enthusiastic or any other things that they can think of. The whole idea here, is to get the kids psyched and into the idea of making their school green!

It’s all about the energy

They can talk at an assembly or again even get newsletters out, regarding the importance of turning out lights. They can get the school thinking power efficiency by changing to different light bulbs when the current ones need to be replaced and even turning off electronics when they’re not in use.

The efficient car-pool

They can suggest car-pooling and can even try and work out a way to match parents together that live in the same areas and get them in touch with each other. Reducing those carbon emissions will make a massive difference.

These are just some of the ways that your kids can change their world, one step at a time! Let them think creatively and they’ll probably come up with loads of other ideas! Welcome to the new confident leader in your life! It’s important not to overload them, but empower them and let them take stuff on in bite-size pieces one step at a time. Before you know it, not only will the school be educated, but the kids will be passing on bucket loads of information to their parents too.

Have you got any other ideas to help green schools? We’d love to hear them!

About the Author

Lisa Steyn (51 Posts)

I’m a marketer by profession and a writer by nature. I discovered writing as my passion years ago, and have loved every bit of it, particularly writing for families in order to help them have fun and improve their lives. I’ve travelled the world extensively, lucky me! To make me happy put me next to the raging sea, or the calming mountains, and to get me firing on all cylinders send me on a wildlife safari!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

     

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

VMS 4×4 MapExplorer 3D

So you are about to embark on a 4x4 journey…


Read More...

How to prepare for ultimate adventure!

Cape York Peninsula - The ultimate 4x4 adventure! So you…


Read More...

Choosing the right hiking footwear

Footwear can be a tough decision at the best of…


Read More...

LED Headlamps – Is it worth spending money on them?

Campers all around the world know that when your lighting…


Read More...

My scoop on Suspension

There are so many different after market suspension kits out…


Read More...

Rooftop Tent adventures!

You have probably seen these big grey boxes sitting on…


Read More...

Scrubba – The portable Washing Machine?

Have you ever been away travelling and thought to yourself…


Read More...

Not all plastic containers are created equal

If you are anything like me, you just want to…


Read More...

My windscreen mount sucks!

Have you ever bought a windscreen mount that keeps on…


Read More...

Bad Elf GPS pro+

Bad Elf? Interesting name for a great product! So what…


Read More...

The Awesome Family Adventures Store Has Arrived!

Well, It has been a long time in the making,…


Read More...

The Ultimate Guide to Research your Trip

As soon as you start to think of that awesome…


Read More...

Apparently this kid is one of 2014’s internet sensations!

Noah Ritter, also known as the ‘Apparently Kid’, was discovered…


Read More...

Want my OwnFone

But a phone comes with so many responsibilities these days…


Read More...

TOP TIPS TO DO A FAMILY ROAD TRIP ON A BUDGET

So it’s time to pack up your bags, get the…


Read More...

Best travel luggage money can buy

I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS!!! Having travelled quite…


Read More...

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH GORGEOUS LION CUBS

 The advent of the GoPro has turned the HD video…


Read More...

Curiosity killed the cam…..

Technology meets the Polar bears - Who wins the battle?…


Read More...

What will your Kids get out of a Wildlife Safari?

Do you know where the term ‘Safari’ comes from? Well…


Read More...

Travel Documents You Really Don’t Want to Leave Home Without

Before setting out on your next journey, be sure to…


Read More...

The Color Run in Melbourne

They say Melbourne is the most livable city in the…


Read More...

Twelve Great Lessons to Teach your Kids on Travels

Being a travelling family can be the most exciting, rewarding…


Read More...

The Most Important Lessons to Teach your Kids

Teach your kids about winning and losing Some kids can…


Read More...

15 Things That Happened to Kids Growing Up in the Digital Age

One thing’s for sure, there are certainly opposing schools of…


Read More...

Give back to Communities with these Awesome Lodges

There is a growing trend in South Africa to empower…


Read More...

Radcliffe’s Radical Rapping

Daniel Radcliffe, or Harry Potter as to many of us…


Read More...

Helping kids keep up with technology

By now most of us are using a computer of…


Read More...

Smooches with Mooses?

Leffe Lindh – aka the man who sleeps with moose…


Read More...

A picture is worth 1000 words

When we travel, we might initially go there to witness…


Read More...

Having fun with Chemistry

I don’t know about you, but Chemistry sure wasn’t something…


Read More...

The ‘I Can’ Revolution of Schools

Sometimes you come across something that is so awe-inspiring it…


Read More...

Is this the Greenest School in the world?

The Green School is considered to be the greenest school on earth…


Read More...

Kids are Heroes

KIDS ARE HEROS While searching the Internet for inspiring things…


Read More...

Home Exchange

The revolution of Home Exchange Home exchanges are getting very…


Read More...

Geocaching – The world’s largest Treasure Hunt

Welcome to Geocaching—the World’s Biggest Treasure Hunt Imagine a worldwide…


Read More...

No Budget, Will Travel

So you’ve got that destination in your mind, and all…


Read More...

Little Known Facts about USA

We’ve searched high and low to bring you some of…


Read More...

It’s Caving Adventure Time!

Ever thought of having a caving adventure with the family?…


Read More...

Coolest facts about Australia

We’ve found you the coolest and little-known facts about the…


Read More...

How to have a Wildlife Adventure with Your Kids

"The nature of childhood has changed. There's not much nature…


Read More...

I Want To Homeschool, Where Do I Start?

Choosing to homeschool is exciting and overwhelming at the same…


Read More...

I Want To Homeschool, Where Do I Start?


Read More...

The Terrifying Illusion of Socialization when Homeschooling

Socialization. A notion that drives any homeschooling parent crazy. What…


Read More...

Seven Reasons to Homeschool Your Children

The number of homeschooled children in the world is growing…


Read More...

Smart Tips for Budget Travelling

Travel in the off-season Ok, so you may not get…


Read More...

FIJIAN ISLAND HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME

COME STAY IN A REAL FIJIAN VILLAGE!
 This is truly…


Read More...

Can you Teach Us?

Vanuatu’s Tassiriki Primary School desperately needs help of volunteer teachers.…


Read More...

The Almighty Rise of the Pen Pal

If you thought the era of pen pals was dead,…


Read More...

Schools and Clouds

You may be wondering what in the world schools and…


Read More...

The Awesome World of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts

There’s no escaping the fact that we live in the…


Read More...

Turn Minecraft into a Backyard Adventure

Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? This international phenomenon has…


Read More...

Ready Set, let’s go Camping

Anyone ready for the best camping trip ever? That amazing…


Read More...

Paint the town red – or the country

Maintaining your child’s schooling on the road is a challenge…


Read More...

Downsize Before You Depart

The decision to travel long term is a big one,…


Read More...

Tips and tricks for vacations without the blender

Packing for a long trip with a family is an…


Read More...

Making Your Child’s Vacation Birthday a Treat

When you are travelling, there are always so many new…


Read More...

The World’s Top Night Time Adventures you have to Experience

Night time adventures are cool; full stop. But, we’ve found…


Read More...

Why you should take your kids out of school for a year of travel

Some may agree and some may disagree, but, and there’s…


Read More...

Take a UFO Spotting Holiday Adventure

Yes, you read correctly, there are some places that have…


Read More...

Empower Your Kids to Green Their School

How about setting your kids a task of monumental proportions…


Read More...

Travel with some Peace of Mind

Travel Insurance Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks…


Read More...

All About Alliances

Let’s take a look at what Star Alliance, Oneworld and…


Read More...

Communication Barriers when Travelling or Living Abroad

The challenges and benefits It’s not until you’ve lived or…


Read More...

Tips on how to build a cool treehouse

What kid doesn’t love a treehouse? In fact, most adults…


Read More...

Shocked by Culture Shock

Culture shock is something experienced by people who travel extensively…


Read More...

Top Tips for the Finding the Cheapest Airfares!

Most of us love taking vacations and travelling, for whatever…


Read More...

Animal Tourism

Animal tourism is getting more popular these days, with urbanization…


Read More...

Shrinking the toychest for travel

When you decide to travel with children, one of the…


Read More...

Pack up your troubles

“Pack up your troubles,” the old song goes. Unfortunately, packing…


Read More...

Teaching your Kids about Cultural Awareness

Why you need to teach your kids about Culture Before…


Read More...

Grandma, pack your bags!

Family vacations are nothing new, but recently more and more…


Read More...

We’ll Laugh About This One Day

Although you can plan meticulously and take all the precautions…


Read More...

Build a Raft – Survival Style!

After following our ideas on how to build a raft,…


Read More...

Should you head out on your own or go on group tours?

Part of the fun of going on holiday is the…


Read More...

How to Explore Your City for a Day

Ever heard of a ‘Staycation’? Well, it’s like taking a…


Read More...

Breaking Down Language Barriers

Travel is an opportunity to experience something new. Travelling with…


Read More...

How One Map Can Make Hundreds of Memories

We have a treasure map in our family. It is…


Read More...

Travelling with Teens – Without the Tantrums

There comes a stage when some young people just don’t…


Read More...

Find the RV that Best Suits Your Family

There is something to be said for a vacation in…


Read More...

Everything You NEED to Know about Your Kids and Our Electronic World

My, how life has changed from when we were growing…


Read More...

Family Animal Rescue Volunteering Projects Thailand

There is nothing that beats giving back, nothing in the…


Read More...

Family Animal Rescue Volunteering Project Belize

An especially powerful experience is to teach your kids about…


Read More...

Family Animal Rescue Volunteering Projects Ecuador

Kids tend to have a natural affinity to animals, and…


Read More...

Family Animal Rescue Volunteering Projects South Africa

Animal rescue volunteering projects are crying out for help, and…


Read More...

The Best Bucket List of Museums in the World

Do groans and whining about having a ‘yawn fest’ outing…


Read More...

10 Most Unusual Schools in the World

Education is without a doubt a pre-cursor to success for…


Read More...

5 Cool Secret Codes to Teach your Kids

What kid doesn’t love having a secret code to talk…


Read More...

How to Build an Awesome Survival Shelter with your Kids

Now building a survival shelter is of course for survival.…


Read More...

A Young Entrepreneur, A Fearless Leader

Does your child show any signs of being an entrepreneur?…


Read More...

The Top 10 Best Science Experiments Ever

Science is such cool fun, and there’s nothing better than…


Read More...

The World’s Most Amazing Playgrounds

In the words of Plato, “Life must be lived as…


Read More...

The Coolest Neighbourhood Spy Club Ever

Mystery, stealth, disguises, secrets and adventures; when you think of…


Read More...
join our team of family travel specialists