What happens when you have a grade two class and you ask them how they go green? After many shout-outs of: “we recycle!” and “we shut off the lights!”, we brainstormed a bit to dig a little deeper into how they dig mother earth at home.

Some of their replies were typical, some were clever, and some were… Interesting. Read on to take some tips from a group of grade two students. (With a little editing and a few added thoughts and ideas).
“One way to save the environmental is if you don’t finish your water, instead of dumping it down the drain, you can use it for the plants.”

“Another way to save the environment is instead of using tap water to water your plants, just go outside (when it’s raining), and use the water that you got from the rain to water the plants.” [Use a bucket to create this conscious collection.]

“Instead of turning on the air conditioning, just open the windows.” [Obvious, perhaps, but for many, an afterthought.]

“I am making a car powered by numbers! I need to do a little bit of science. Also my sister thought of a flying car. Our dad is going to help us, though.” [You never know.]

“I help the environment by pitching my pet’s shavings in the compost.”

“I help the environment by turning off the water for my dad.” [Brushing his teeth? Watering the lawn? Either way, water conservation is a key aspect we often bypass].

“I don’t pollute the earth by riding my bike to places.” [We can revisit this when he is 16, but having a young understanding of the importance of using a bike over a gas-guzzling car is a great way to start]

“I use both sides of the paper.” [His teacher laughed, asking his to apply this to his journal.]

“I help save the environment by using newspapers to clean our windows. I also share and donate my toys.” [Newspapers offer a streak-free shine and don’t leave annoying lint particles on the window.]

“After I carve my pumpkin for Hallowe’en, I take all the gunk stuff out of my pumpkin and I put it in the garden.” [Conscious composting!]

Hand wash your laundry and dry it outside.” [Check to see regulations regarding outdoor clothes hangers in your region.]

“Instead of throwing out juice boxes, I make crafts.” [Many items can be used for crafts. Give them a second thought before you toss ’em].

“I play with my sister instead of watching TV.”

Tell someone if you see someone dumping trash because that is polluting.” [Try starting a community or neighbourhood watch.]

“We save and collect gift bags to make crafts or give gifts back.”

“If you are making art and there are leftovers use the leftovers for another piece of art.”

“If you are eating dinner and you didn’t eat something, save it for the next day.” [Or double the recipe anyway, using less energy because you’re only making it once, and you have a built in lunch to pack for school or work]

“Instead of using night lights, you could use a candle.” [When you aren’t sleeping].

“When I was little I asked my mom if I could have a swimming pool. She said no. So when it rained I was happy because I went outside and played and that was my swimming pool.” [Kids are easy to please with homemade alternatives. Check out our green birthday ideas, too].

“Cut open old tennis balls and attach on the bottom of desk chairs so they don’t scrape along the floor.” [Used in all their classrooms, this reduces noise, and keeps the floor looking a little better, longer.]

“Use empty water bottles to store beads and other craft stuff.” [Another option? Fill it with potpourri and put in the corner beside your hamper]

“Eat from our local farmers.” [Many piped in with stories of their friend’s/grandparent’s/neighbours farms and the bounty they get from it. How lucky we are, how little we realize.]

“My mom takes all of our leftover bones and scraps and puts it all in water and makes a soup broth and then freezes it so we always have broth. You can use anyway that you have.” [To make it meat-less, just fill up on a plethora of veggies, and ditch the bones.]

“Eat raw veggies instead of cooking them.” [You can still make them interesting, by tossing them with vinaigrette, or enjoying vegetables and dips like hummus and guacamole]

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