Get your school to adopt green practices that are good for people and the planet.
Schools are a great place to create lasting change. By adopting green practices you can teach students about important issues while creating a healthier and safer learning environment. There are a lot of resources available to make the necessary changes.
Get Better Cafeteria Food
Do you know where your cafeteria food comes from? Most schools have frozen, canned, genetically modified food. Not exactly food to feed the brain or stay healthy. Many schools throughout the country are transforming their cafeterias, introducing more local, fresh, organic foods. You can do the same.
Use this Toolkit with step-by step instructions to get healthy, local, sustainable food in your school cafeteria.
Link up Local Farms with Your School – A national program, called “Farm to School” helps connect local farmers with schools, to get fresh, local food in cafeterias around the country. They also help educate kids about the value of local, sustainable agriculture.
Start an Edible Schoolyard or a Life Lab Garden Classroom – The edible schoolyard in Berkeley, California is one of the original garden programs for students to grown their own food on site. You can learn more about their program and other affiliate programs on their website. The Life Lab Garden Classroom is similar. The California based organization “helps schools develop gardens where children can create ‘living laboratories’ for the study of the natural world.” This often includes education about growing your own food.
Become Energy Efficient
Schools have a big carbon footprint – they are usually powered by nuclear, coal, or natural gas, which are bad for the environment and our health. You can switch to renewable energy, like wind and solar, to lessen your impact on the environment and save on electricity costs. The “Alliance to Save Energy” has a Green School Program that works with students to come up with a plan to save energy in their schools.
Schools are filled with recyclable materials – papers, cans, bagged lunches, boxes, art supplies, etc. Most of this stuff can be recycled. Make sure it doesn’t end up in the dump and start a recycling program.
All the food that students don’t eat, can stay on campus and fertilize your soil, rather than go to the dump. Lots of schools have successful composting programs – you can learn from them and start your own.
Re-label Trash Cans as “Landfill”
By labeling trash cans as “landfill” you can cut down on waste and get students to think about where their trash is actually going.
The U.S. Green Building Council offers a wealth of information to transform schools into healthy environments that are “conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.” Check it out and make your school a Green School.
Join the Green Schools Initiative
The Green Schools Initiative “integrates efforts to reduce schools' ecological footprints, make school environments healthier, and get the whole community thinking about solutions to the problems we face.”
Parents are forming powerful networks and cooperatives that bring a new approach to education. Take a look and consider joining or starting your own program.
This site provides a comprehensive list — organized by countries and states — of schools that pose an alternative to mainstream education.
This program allows you to access educational tools and network with others who have started their own successful schools.
How to Grow a School: Starting and Sustaining School's That Work Author, teacher, and parent, Chris Mercogliano, provides a "how-to" support guide for anyone starting a school, while maintaining his belief that "no two schools should look alike."
"A crucial fallacy... is confusion between schooling and education in general. Education is a lifelong process of learning, and takes place not only in school, but in all areas of life."
Exploring your purpose and learning to align with it is the function of education. When we achieve this we become life long learners and have the stamina and perseverance that is required of an active and engaged citizen.
Educational freedom naturally optimizes human incentive, initiative, creativity, critical thinking, and meaningful citizen engagement.
If current laws aren’t protecting your community from corporate pollution or other environmental harms, draft your own laws.
Most judges are appointed by politicians (even the Supreme Court), who in turn are controlled by corporations, who are beholden to major banks.
So the bankers at the top of the pyramid can use the justice department and the courts, even the Supreme Court (as in the “Citizens United” case giving corporations free reign to bribe politicians), to do their bidding. (Guantanomo, extraordinary rendition, enhanced interrogation techniques...were all “OK’d” by the Justice Department)
A fuller exploration into Following the Money in our Justice system will be forthcoming. Meanwhile here is a story that gives a sense of the power structure unethically and illegally using the “justice” system to keep itself in place.
Catherine Austin Fitts, a highly successful financial executive, had a first hand run in with what she calls “The Myth of the Rule of Law.”
Here is what happened to her when she started to use her talents to “follow the money.”
"After a successful career on Wall Street, I moved to Washington, DC, to serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing in the first Bush administration. After I left the administration, I was invited to join the Federal Reserve as a governor. I declined the invitation in order to start my own investment bank, Hamilton Securities"
"Cleaning up Iran-Contra period fraud had persuaded me that democracy and markets depended on citizens having access to government financial disclosure contiguous to the political jurisdictions in which they elected officials."
"Hamilton was developing a software tool called “Community Wizard” that would have provided communities with their own access to rich databases and software tools that painted a clear picture of how government money works in each community. The first step to reengineering a negative-return-on-investment economy is to “see” it."
"After the seizure of the Hamilton offices, I became for all intents and purposes a prisoner in my own home…I was living with physical harassment and surveillance while various people around me were trying to persuade me that the dead animals on my doorstep, the break-ins, the people following me on foot or by car, and the clicking noises on my telephone were one ongoing coincidence. I determined that my life depended on learning as much as possible about who was really in charge."
"I have emerged a more seasoned and knowledgeable investment banker with membership in a new and evolving global network. Litigation with the US government and its informant have helped me develop the skills required to survive and thrive in the midst of growing lawlessness and economic warfare."
From Department of Defense (DoD)...
David K. Steensma
Acting Assistant Inspector General
for Auditing for the DoD
February 26, 2002
From Housing & Urban Development (HUD)...
HUD Inspector General
March 22, 2000
To see more about Catherine’s exposés about how “justice” works behind the curtain, check out these links:
The Myth of the Rule of Law
How the Money Works: The Destruction of the Hamilton Securities Group
Dillon Reed & Co., Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits