This week I decided to contribute to the green file.
Several new books have arrived in the library recently that help children find ways to be more green.
M. J. Knight has written 2 books, entitled Why Should I Recycle Garbage?, and Why Shouldn't I Drop Litter?
Both of these books are colourful, fun to read, and full of relevant, timely information. Of course there are statistics to help us understand the breadth of the problem in North America. Such as:
In Canada, households throw away about 14 million tons of garbage per year, that works out to 2/5ths of a ton per person. Plastic grocery bags take 400 - 1,000 years to decompose. A piece of gum costs 9 cents to buy and $1.50 - $3.00 to clean up. One thing that surprised me was the amount of damage that is being done to the environment by thrown away cell phones.
These books offer suggestions for things anyone can do to reduce the garbage in our landfills. The book looks at ways to use the 3 Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and offers practical suggestions for kids, like, bringing lunch in a reuseable plastic box, bringing beverages in refillable plastic bottles, when shopping, use reusable cloth grocery bags, and by recycling paper, metal, glass, plastic, batteries, computers and cell phones. Each section has an “I can Make a Difference” note with practical tips.
These books are a great starting point for all of us to become more active in doing our part to reduce the 2/5ths of a ton of garbage that we each produce.