Educate young: Add agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable development to highschool ciriculum
Inspire the youth to take action and educate on the importance of sustainable living practices.
Idea shared with Vancouver School Board; will be considered in City of Vancouver’s ongoing engagement activities as well. Very important to engage all of our community’s diversity.
NOTE: Terence van der Woude's idea "teach the next generation" has been merged with this one
We have social studies, mathematics, language studies that all begin at the elementary level. These are fundamental tools we give the next generation to survive and thrive. We must implement a new subject: Ecology so we can give our children the means to build a sustainable world
Have you read the news lately. The young are a bunch of unteachable delinquents. That is why the immigration levels are so high while there is also high unemployment and homelessness.
Does it make sense?? If the youth could be properly educated there would be no need for immigration and there would be lots of jobs and zero unemployment. Teaching the basics first is a challenge.
Lisa Giroday commented
I feel like there is a lot of opportunity for elective programs such as the above at the high-school level, but there is no reason to stop there.
Sciences could include renewable energy/agriculture and humanities sustainable development.
Note: C. Lee's idea "More education to public in protecting environment" has been merged with this one.
Start educating next generation in using less water, 3R's - reduce, reuse, recycle. Maybe have school 'green' project competitions to raise awareness to kids.
I have always thought this to be something that needs to be done. Also on the elementary school level.
NOTE: Affy-Ann's idea "Teach kids early on about the importance of taking care of the environment." has been merged with this one.
"Environmental education starts at home. It is important that kids learn how to care for their environment at an early age and know about the impact they have on the world that someday they will inherit.
If kids realize the importance of caring for the environment now, then they will be doing more and caring more when they're older.
Parents can start by teaching their children about reducing, reusing, and recycling.
A trip to the grocery store and buying fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of canned or pre-packaged ones - or purchasing products with recyclable packaging - can show kids one way to reduce waste. Parents can also teach kids how they can help the environment by reusing school things instead of buying new ones. This will also save money. Setting up separate bins for paper, plastic, and aluminum cans at home will teach kids how to recycle, and they can earn money from redemption centers or make school/art projects out of recycled materials.
Aside from learning how they can help, kids should also see why it is important to take care of the environment. They should appreciate it. Taking nature trips with them, planting trees or allowing them to help with the garden, watching videos about animals especially endangered ones, even cartoons that send a message about nature and environment (like The Wild Thornberrys or Captain Planet - shows that I grew up with) will make kids appreciate the environment and help them strive to take care of it.
~We are not separate from the environment. We are part of it.~"