In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” When trying to teach our kids the values we want them to have, and attempting to herd them down the road we feel will lead to success and fulfillment, we often forget that actions speak louder than words.
In October, at the Colorado Green Schools Summit, leaders of the Colorado Green School Advocacy Campaign will present findings that show children who are actively involved in sustainability projects when they’re young have increased incidents of community stewardship and positive environmental behaviors down the road. That’s why supporters of the Colorado Green School Initiative, a proposal to make all of Colorado’s schools green within a generation, want the kids themselves to be involved as much as possible in future development plans. They advocate that letting the kids play a role in designing and building their own “green” school gives them a feeling of empowerment, and we know from our own experience that when we feel empowered we have the desire and the confidence to do more, to be more and to encourage others to do the same.
Teaching kids to “go green” teaches them more than just how to recycle plastic water bottles and that trees are our friends. It reinforces positive attitudes and behaviors that will have a lifetime impact on them and the world around them. And as we all know, “practice makes perfect.”