How to make a classroom eco-friendly

Educating the next generation of leaders about their environmental responsibility is the key to giving students real-world skills. As nations across the globe are tackling the climate crisis and other environmental issues, it is crucial to educate students in terms of sustainability of the environment. A global effort needs to be made to overcome the consequences of climate change and create a sustainable future for the next generation. But, how to include sustainable and environmental development education in the classroom?  

The challenge is making the classrooms environmentally friendly and preparing the youth to be active participants in environmental issues. However, it does not have to be boring seminars all the time. Some ways to make classrooms eco-friendly are by organizing fun workshops, competitions, and entertaining games. NCF-Envirothon is North America’s largest environmental education competition which is sponsored by the National Conservation Foundation. It engages students to solve environmental problems in different categories such as land use, soils, forestry, and aquatic ecology. It spreads awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and how to solve them with the application of available tools.  

Here are some of the ways to make your classroom the perfect place to practice eco-friendliness and conservation.

Look for greener school supplies

These washable cloth bags made from netted thread, are easy to fold and carry. Take them with you to the grocery store, and even wash the vegetable in it, if you want. Dry them and use them again, instead of taking another plastic bag from your retailer. 

green school supplies

Practice temperature control

Minimize the use of thermostats when you need to change the temperature. During the chill months, prefer natural sunlight, that will also help you in saving further energy by turning off the fluorescent lights. When the weather is nice outside, open the windows to let the fresh air in.  

Initiate a recycling competition

Students enjoy participating in competitions and a recycling challenge would be a fun way of teaching students their environmental responsibility. Discuss with your students what materials can be used and what cannot. Different grades and classes can challenge each other in collecting the most recyclable materials. A weekly or monthly progress chart can be made to weigh the recyclables and motivate them. 

Teacher and kids discussing about recycle in classroom

Lunch break

Lunch breaks in most of the schools aren’t very environmentally friendly. Rethink your lunch break time and look for environmentally friendly materials for serving, cutlery, plates, and other utensils. Start using reusable or biodegradable plates and cups instead of plastic ones. They will be much better for the environment.  l responsibility. Discuss with your students what materials can be used and what cannot. Different grades and classes can challenge each other in collecting the most recyclable materials. A weekly or monthly progress chart can be made to weigh the recyclables and motivate them. 

green lunch

Collection of water

Water conservation is also an important part of environmental education. Educate students on how water used in activity like washing hands can be reused for watering plants. Moreover, a small initiative of installing rain barrels at the school can be made by your classroom. This collected rainwater can be used for watering lawns.

Purify your classroom air

Add plants in your classroom space. Plants are natural air purifiers that can remove bothersome compounds from the air. Moreover, having lots of plants in your classroom will promote relaxation and lower stress levels. You can also start an indoor herbs garden with all the students along with a classroom compost bin. It would be a great and environmentally friendly way to teach students biology.

plants in classroom

Apart from these, eco-clubs and workshops can always be organized for students that will allow them to come up with more innovative and environmentally friendly ideas. 

Teachers and students equally play an important role in paving the way for future generations. Many companies and organizations are also putting their resources to educate the younger generation about investing in sustainability. Building better education systems and training kids at a young age about conserving resources will enhance environmental consciousness among them. 

 

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