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Creating an Eco-friendly Classroom

Monday, Jan 18, 2019

It is said that charity begins at home. So does eco-friendly habits. But sometimes, such habits need to be cultivated at school. Especially in a country like India, where people think it’s alright to dump garbage on the roads or in the drains! To develop a green country with responsible citizens, it is essential to start young. What better place than schools to mould the children into responsible and caring citizens?

The significance of environment is taught in each school. The children are also made aware of the hazards that affect environment on a regular basis. But, when it comes to implementing eco-friendly practices, most schools are lagging. Many times, the students’ contribution is limited to just posters and essays on World Environment Day! The fact is that unless eco-friendly habits become a part of our daily lives, all campaigns to save Mother Earth are futile.

So, let’s take a step towards caring for the environment and make it a habit to question our actions – whether it will affect the environment positively or negatively – and then decide on it.

Here are a few tips to green up the classroom.

  • Make use of natural light. Ensure that each classroom gets enough sunlight so as to use the minimum electricity for lights.
  • Create a recycling zone. Collect all things that can be recycled or reused and send them for recycling.
  • Use recycled paper for office uses, making notes and other purposes. Teach your students and staff how to make recycled paper.
  • Use separate waste bins for dry and wet garbage. Teach your students to segregate their waste and follow the same at home.
  • Keep indoor plants in the classroom. Help your students to nurture the plants in and around your school.
  • Use star-rated appliances in the classroom for energy efficiency.
  • Put classroom computers in sleep mode, rather than using screensavers when they are not in use.
  • Make syllabus, homework, study resources, etc. available online, rather than printing paper copies.
  • Allow students to submit papers and exams electronically.
  • Minimize paper wastage. Use both sides of the paper while printing question papers, etc.
  • Encourage students to reuse textbooks.
  • Consider using slates or individual whiteboards for rough work or practice work in class.
  • Set up a ‘Green Team’ to ensure that all appliances are switched off when the students leave the classroom.
  • Invite ideas from students to make the school greener. Reward and appreciate the best ideas and efforts towards the same.
  • Going green is not just a drive, it is a way of life… The earlier this lesson is learnt, the better!