Now That’s Down to Earth!

Contributing Editor Doug Scott talks trash in our April 2017 edition of School Nutrition. Besides potentially earning you one Continuing Education Unit (CEU), his “To Your Credit” feature discusses the reality of America’s food waste—and what you can do about it. An event the entire school can participate in is Earth Day. Read below for Earth Day facts as well as some ideas for celebrating it in style.

“Treat the Earth well: it was not given to
you by your parents, it was loaned
to you by your children.”

First established on April 22, 1970, Earth Day gave voice to an emerging consciousness in the U.S. of environmental concerns, including water and energy conservation, reducing pollution and litter, promoting recycling and protecting trees, plants, and animals. It was not a day of celebration, but a day of action, intended to change both our individual human behavior and public policy.

No less important today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, commemorated by more than one billion people every year. There are many things that you can do to make it a special day at school. Here are just a few:

  • Set up a recycling center in your cafeteria.
  • Check the internet for sources of free Earth Day posters, which promote simple steps—such as saving water while brushing your teeth or turning off lights when leaving a room—print these out and display them in the serving and dining areas.
  • Encourage a walk/bike-to-school day event among students and/or staff.
  • In partnership with teachers, change recess on one day to organize a litter/trash pick-up on school grounds.
  • Hold an Earth Day competition involving either posters, essays, slogans, poetry, photography, plays, songs, artwork, public service announcements, etc.
  • Work with your principal to plant a tree in the school garden or elsewhere on school grounds.

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