How to Encourage Students to Go Green at School

Kids Holding SeedlingsWhen it comes to adopting eco-conscious habits, teachers have to start them young. Kids spend most of their time in schools, so when they are exposed to principles of caring for the environment, eco-consciousness becomes a default reflex rather than a forced habit. Here are some tips to encourage your students to protect nature.

Encourage biking to school.

One of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions is transportation. Just think about how many students go to your school in cars every day and how much pollution you can curb by encouraging pupils to walk or bike to school. Consider promoting such physical activities on your campus. You will instil not just eco-conscious lifestyle habits among students but also fitness routines.

Do make sure though to promote safety and security when you get into this bike-or-walk-to-school campaign. There should be safe routes students can take from home to school. Place cycle shelters as well, so students and parents will not worry about vandalism or theft of their bikes.

Go paperless.

It is estimated that an average school in the UK uses 1,000 sheets of paper per student a year. As you know, lots of paper means lots of trees cut down, lots of air pollutants from manufacturing, and lots of fuel burned in transporting materials. Imagine the environmental benefits if you cut back on the usage of paper.

Some UK schools are already adopting a paperless system. And it has not just given them the opportunity to save the planet but also encouraged tech-savviness among staff and students. This will be a drastic change for your school system, so drastic that it will effectively put caring for the environment at your student’s consciousness.

Organise an environmental club.

Or if you do already have, keep things interesting for kids. Caring for the environment should not be a dread; it should be a delight. That is the kind of atmosphere you want to create in your club. Invest in fun and thought-provoking activities like conducting energy efficiency audits or growing a vegetable garden. Create a community of advocates for the environment.

Eco-consciousness is not a habit that is made overnight. It should be instilled at a young age. Teach your young students to care for the environment, and they will never leave this principle when they grow up.