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Schools Low Carbon Day – Climate Change and Green IT

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Today it was Schools Low Carbon Day in the UK.  It had been arranged by Cool the World (please see website link 1 below), which is a voluntary organisation formed by a group of parents. 

I assisted the Schools Eco-Co-Ordinator at the primary school in Coventry.

The main purpose today was to educate the children about climate change, focus them on their own energy usage and to ensure the children and their family make pledges to reduce their own carbon footprint.

A presentation was given in the assembly by myself and the Schools Eco Co-Ordinator, with a lot of involvement and participation from the children. We went through slides on climate change, the impact of what we’re doing, Green IT and ways to reduce carbon footprint. 

It was great to see how much the children knew and what they can now go back and tell their parents to do to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs (those bills!). 

Following on from the assembly, the children were tasked with designing leaflets to do with pledges to reduce the carbon footprint. An incentive had been given (companies should also note incentives do work), and the winners were notified on Monday 28 June 2010.

Also, one class even nominated two people to be responsible to turn lights off when the room is vacant or there is enough natural light. Green Champions!

When giving a talk on Green IT, all the children responded (LOTS of hands up in the hall) they could not stop using PCs as there is a dependency on it for school work and home usage.  However, they do now know what changes to make to reduce the impact IT has on the environment, and most are quick wins which I am positive they will implement.

I have always said children need more awareness and also believe they can teach their parents on what they learn.  It does affect their future after all…

Overall, it was a great day and I feel we have collaborated and made a difference together…be it small or big, it still matters…

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://www.cooltheworld.com/ Cool The World – Education Children about Climate Change

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 24 June 2010 8.30pm

The future generations and teaching them about Green IT…

May 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I asked my young nieces to draw a picture which they would enjoy doing and signify the message about reducing IT’s impact on the environment. They found this a FUN task to do, and it certainly raised the awareness about Green IT!

It is very easy to forget to turn off the light switch or computer, but having a big poster around places which is in vision is quite a good way to remember. Children learn from adults and I believe they also can teach them too!

The impact of IT equipment on the environment still appears to be unknown to children. The awareness of Green IT does need to grow, as it’s their future!

There are Eco-Schools (please see website link 1 below)…..

There are currently 14018 schools in England which are registered Eco-Schools.

The main aim is for every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. Every school registered in Eco-Schools learns about environmental issues. There are also 46 countries around the world also in this programme.

This kind of approach would work well for companies – auditing/continously monitoring their own environmental impact and being awarded some kind of incentive. It’s easy to tell people what they’re not doing right, but a much better approach would be to praise and reward people for doing things right.

On 24 June 2010, it’s Schools Low Carbon Day (please see website link 2 below) in the UK.

Eco-Schools and Low Carbon Day are great ways to raise awareness to children about environmental issues. 

Let’s leave something great for the future generations.

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://www2.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools/ Eco-Schools Website
2. http://www.cooltheworld.com/index.php Cool The World – Education Children about Climate Change

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 9 May 2010 8.00pm

Categories: Eco-Schools, Green IT