Climate Change and our children’s future:
We have a responsibility to protect our children. As parents, we protect our children by holding their hands when we cross busy streets, by making sure they sleep and eat healthy, but sending them to good schools or holding them in our love. Protecting our children also means we have to ensure they breath clean air, have access to drinkable water and have a chance to a livable future, not threatened by climate change. Unfortunately our children will experience more extreme events, droughts, forest fires, extreme floods, shortage of food, clean air and water, and conflicts than we have ever did.This is due to the rapid and massive accumulation of carbon emissions in the atmosphere in the last decades, which led to increasing temperatures at such extent, that the Earth’s support system is disrupted. The top culprits are the fossil fuel industry, beef industry and transportation. We have no other choice but act to protect our children’s future.
Learning Garden Montessori School is very intently engaging to address this crisis.
- The school participates and strengthens the local economy by organizing neighborhood clean ups, being part of Hillman City Business Association, or connecting with neighbor members and businesses. Local economies not only strengthen communities, but can also reduce consumption, and thus lower carbon emissions.
- The school works on reducing its carbon footprint, as fossil fuel is the biggest producer of carbon emissions.
- Through transportation choices.
- Buying local produce or using produce from the school and community garden.
- Encouraging students to use mass transportation or carpooling to and from school.
- Reusing items and mindful consumerism.
- As beef industry produces almost 15% of the global carbon emissions, the school is hoping to reduce the amount of beef consumed by proposing Meatless Mondays:
Please pack vegetarian lunches on Monday. If giving up meat for one day is difficult for your family, make it Beef-less Monday, as beef produces the biggest percentage of carbon emissions. Take this challenge a step further, and make a Meatless Monday a family tradition. Your body, the planet and future generations will thank you.
- The school invests in renewable energy through Puget Sound Renewable Program: https://pse.com/savingsandenergycenter/Renewables/Pages/default.aspx
- The school is engaging in legislative action alongside four climate justice groups: 350.org, Plant for the Planet, Future Voters for 350.org, and South Seattle Climate Action Network.
- The school uses environmentally friendly cleaning products, organic food, has a pesticide free garden, and aims for a low-waste output. Take this challenge with us! We propose a plastic-free lunch time at Learning Garden-please pack lunches only in reusable containers.
- Have ideas? Please share them and let’s work together for our children’s future!