I was at the library the other day browsing through the returns section when a title caught my eye “101 ways You can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 12!” Loved the premise and checked out the book to read at leisure. The book reminded me of the kids I come across at the zoo who are really knowledgeable about the environment, recycling et al… I am pleasantly surprised when a 6 year old asks for a recycle sign when am doing face painting! and of course it makes me feel hopeful to see them being so aware at such a young age.
At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium there is an exhibit called “My House at the Habitat Hollow” It is a house which has made use of recycled materials and showcases recycling, and reusing things, alongside recreation of Ohio’s native wildlife environment inclusive of fox holes and other fun stuff kids can climb through. There is a lot of interactive learning stuff inside which kids get to touch and feel, and I believe gets them introduced to the concept of the 3R’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Looking from the outside one tends to think it looks kind of bare and does not look like there would be animals in there and give it a pass… but once a kid makes a visit inside they invariably come back the next time they are at the zoo.
So I picked up the book with the intention of getting some pointers when volunteering at the zoo. The book compiled by Joanne O’Sullivan covers a broad variety of topics children can pay attention to. The book is simple enough that a tween can read and understand it. It would be a wonderful addition to any child’s library.
What did I like about it?
It is an easy read, simple instructions. Kids have enormous potential to bring about change and they are more receptive to change when they understand the how and why. The book helps kids in getting involved in day to day decisions where there is a green alternative. Websites and other helpful links are provided. DIY projects ranging from gardening to making stuff out of waste. Simple changes which make kids think before consumerism gets to them 100%. Thought provoking. I believe it is a good first step for any child who likes to read.
Some pointers which I found especially interesting:
- Green Your Games – She suggests that kids pick up Save your planet games instead of repetitive electronic games.
Planet Green game Free online Game by Global Green USA in Collaboration with Starbucks. Starbucks and Global Green USA collaborated on the Planet Green Game to educate the public about climate change through engaging and informative game play while encouraging individuals to become part of the solution in their own lives. The game also assists individuals – through simple tools and links – in advocating action by elected officials, business and community leaders. I love the way they display tips when one completes a task. Check it out!
Simcity Societies Paid Game – Use your Wii to create your ideal world. The game is from Electronic arts in collaboration with Tilted Mills. EA and Tilted Mill are excited to announce the most significant update to SimCity Societies yet, with six scenarios, city-wide policies, budgetary controls, and more. In this update, we introduce powerful new ways of playing SimCity Societies, as well as further refinements to both Creative and Strategic modes of play. This update wouldn’t have been possible without feedback from our users on Tilted Mill’s, EA’s and other gaming forums, and we are grateful for everyone’s input.
Xeko The Endangered animal trading game – Gaming for Good is a new trend in gaming! Play Exclusive Games. Activate a Portion of Proceeds to a Nonprofit. Save Real Animals, People & the Earth.
Adventure Ecology is a free online game. A Virtual world where you can take a grueling 100-day expedition traversing one of the earth’s most dangerous and environmentally challenged regions. Mix in 14 million sq kilometers of rapidly melting sea ice, 16 Inuit sled dogs, 4 polar adventurers, 3 hungry polar bears, 2.5 tonnes of expedition gear, 5 pairs of snapped ski’s, 6000 photos, 45 kg of chocolate, 2 world records and 1 important message. Launched in 2006 it is a very informative game. Founded by David de Rothschild, Adventure Ecology is a free, extensive online resource that aims to create and promote a greater connection with the natural world through a series of high profile expeditions.
- Be A Picker Upper – Find Trash around the school, on the way to school etc… pick it up, drop it in the garbage can and don’t forget to wash your hands. Seeing you do it will make trash droppers realize their foolishness and of course it helps keep the environment clean.
- Eating Slow Food Instead of Fast Food – Healthier for you and the Planet, creates less waste and uses lesser amount of fuel too…
- DIY Green things – Make a Solar Oven from a Pizza Box Make a Snow globe from baby food jar
Check out the book it has a lot of simple, easy to do projects for kids of all ages, 101 Ways to be precise :). Starting a green informed life early I believe is the best way, Live Green!! Have A Green week ahead 🙂