Environmental concerns have become more visible in recent times, with every business having to think proactively about its operations to make it as environmentally friendly as possible. This approach is as important to every one of us, as we should also question our everyday decisions and behaviours so that we are stepping up to take our wastage and carbon emissions down.
My basic thought process when planning and designing any of my lessons are; Will they be safe for the children? and, How does it impact our environment? Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are 4 key areas I question and plan towards so that I can offer the best possible lessons to the children which still remain fun and creative but without further contributing to unnecessary waste.
Part of the 4 key areas that I question also includes how I could educate children on why these are important to us and to the health of our planet. Wider aspects are also explored and discussed such as carbon emissions and renewable energy. Its important to understand where we use energy so that we are aware of how we use it and how we can find ways to avoid or reduce any unnecessary waste.
When it comes to the materials I offer for my lessons, if any of these need to be purchased I consider whether these can be recycled or if I can use any recycled items. I aim to avoid using single use materials and I don’t use any products that contain hazardous chemicals. When I consider purchasing resources, I firstly look at whether I can source them as preowned, which in most cases is possible, however where this isn’t possible, the products I purchase can be used over and over so are not single use.
The scale of the challenges facing our environment are so much more visible and may seem daunting, but we can all do something to help reduce our impact on our planet by stopping to think, question and adapt our daily patterns, behaviours and attitude for the good of our planet.