Green Child Magazine: The More You Know Eco: Connecting With Nature

Earth Day is April 22 and it is a day marked to celebrate the earth and identify ways to protect the environment. One way we can extend our Earth Day activities is to take a vow to spend more time in nature. It’s one easy step that has many lasting benefits for both the environment and people.

According to Janice Swaisgood, Children & Nature Network’s National Coordinator of Nature Clubs for Families, here are some easy ways to connect with nature this Earth Day (and beyond):

  1. Explore nature in your yard or nearest nature area: turn over pots, snap pictures of living creatures and allow unstructured time to romp and connect.
  2. Attend a community Earth Day fair and learn about ways to protect the nature areas around your community.
  3. Gather a group of friends to play and learn in nature at a local trail or park.
  4. Pledge to join or start a nature club of your own. Check out this helpful nature club tool kit from Children & Nature Network.

To read more of this article, please visit Green Child Magazine's Summer 2014 issue found here.

 

Green Child Magazine: How to Help Your School Have a Greener Classroom

After a summer of outdoor fun and quality time spent in the fresh air, it’s time to send children back into the classroom. It is a known fact that indoor air quality is at its all time lowest when classrooms are cleaned with traditional, chemical-laden, cleaning products. The bleach fumes and chemicals used to sanitize and clean schools are definitely not what you want your children to be breathing in. So what’s a parent to do?

Here are some ideas of ways to get greener cleaners into your child’s school and classroom:

  • Run a green cleaner drive and/or collection.
  • Ask teachers if they can put natural or green cleaners on their supply list.
  • Contact PTA or your school’s Green Team to get the word out about toxic cleaners and better alternatives. No, Green Team in your child’s school? Create one!
  • Talk to your school’s custodial team about green cleaners and different viable solutions for your school. This may take you supplying different green cleaners for them to test out.

To read the rest of this article, please visit Green Child Magazine's Fall 2013 issue found here.

 

Green Child Magazine: The More You Know Eco- World Oceans Day

As the days begin to warm and our thoughts drift to summer, many of us are planning our yearly vacations to the beach. The ocean seems to beckon us no matter how far we live from it. Yet, as we all know, the ocean has endured its share of horror stories: from oil spills to rising water temperatures to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As a society we need to get better at reusing what we buy if we’re going to continue to enjoy our beaches and oceans.

Five years ago, the United Nations decided to designate a day each year in order to focus attention on the earth’s body of water that serves to connect us all. This day is called World Oceans Day and is celebrated annually on June 8. The goal of World Oceans Day to encourage everyone to get involved with ocean conservation in their personal lives, communities, and globally.

I spoke with Marieta Francis, executive director of Algalita Marine Research Institute, about her mission to protect the world’s oceans and her thoughts on World Oceans Day. Marieta and Algalita work tirelessly to protect the marine environment and its watersheds. Aligalita was founded by Captain Charles Moore who brought the world’s attention to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch after discovering it on a voyage in 1997.

To read the rest of this article from Green Child Magazine, please go here.