Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility! It’s important we all do our part to care for our environment and share the message of sustainability. Introducing sustainable practices in early education means building sustainable citizens for the future and ensuring they actually have a future!
Sustainability practices should be embedded in everyday activities for children, it all starts with babies and toddlers watching their parents and those around them. Which means it’s important for early education centres and schools to encourage sustainable practices. Parents can encourage schools to introduce these values if they’re not already a focus for the school. There are plenty of resources available online and supportive communities to provide tips and tricks on sustainability in schools. From materials used in activities, to composting and growing produce, to suggestions on reducing energy consumption, there are many ways in which you can contribute to a more sustainable future. Even if you think the school staff and administration may be opposed to your sustainable ideas, it’s worth trying, you’re likely to find more support than resistance.
Promoting sustainability at your school means working with the children, families and wider community. Here are 19 ways to promote sustainability at your school:
1. Use recyclable materials where possible.
2. Encourage children to use half flush on the toilets.
6. Educate children in the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in gardening and composting food scraps. Include children in garden to plate activities.
7. Educate children on caring for plants and our waterways i.e. recycling water from water play into gardens etc
9. Assist children in developing an understanding and respect for the environment and encourage critical thinking
14. Reduce lunch waste. Bring your food and drink in reusable containers, and don’t pack excess food that you will throw away. Avoid pre-packaged items
Whether you’re wanting to make change at an early childhood centre, primary school or secondary education, these tips can help promote sustainability at all levels of education.
The best way to introduce change is to lead by action. Children will mimic the behaviour they see, so if you want eco-warrior children, you may have to re-evaluate your own lifestyle choices. There are many different ways which you can promote sustainability at your school, whether you’re a student, parent or educator. Gather support from your community and help encourage a brighter future through sustainable practices and education.