人道101如何传达给学生地球日的意义? | What do we teach students about Earth Day?

Yesterday, April 22nd, was Earth day, when all global citizens are encouraged to think about our Earth and take actions in environmental protection. Today the founder of Humaneness 101, Ivy, taught a class on Nature's Beauty and Challenges to fifth graders in a Chinese immersion class at Woodstock Elementary School in Portland. This is a good follow up to Earth Day! Let's take a peek into the class:

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In the previous class last week, we talked about waste production. Students learned the issue of plastic pollution and how it damages the ocean and puts marine animals in danger. They also brainstormed ideas to reduce waste production as well as to reuse and repurpose those seemingly useless products in order to create sustainability.

This time, Ivy led students to brainstorm other environmental issues that nature is facing. We discussed problems of climate change, global warming, water pollution, deforestation, etc. Ivy explained that these issues are all interconnected and that not only do they have influence on the environment, but also on animals and humans.

Then, Ivy screened a video of a fairy tale about environmental protection. After watching, students reflected on actions, consequences and solutions mentioned in the story.


At the end of the class, we did an activity of drawing pictures. Students were firstly asked to draw a picture that depicts the city they live in. Then, they were asked to turn over the paper, and draw on the other side the ideal image of a city in their mind and demonstrate what solutions they have to fix the problem. Students all used their deep-rooted compassion and amazing creativity to present what they had learned during the past a few weeks:

This is a student's work. The drawing on the left reflects the problem of plastic pollution getting into water and harming fish. In the drawing on the right, the student puts a sign that says "DO NOT LITTER" near the river so that the water can be clean again!

This is a student's work. The drawing on the left reflects the problem of plastic pollution getting into water and harming fish. In the drawing on the right, the student puts a sign that says "DO NOT LITTER" near the river so that the water can be clean again!

This student sees people cutting trees and polluting the water stream. These are the problems that she wants to fix.

This student sees people cutting trees and polluting the water stream. These are the problems that she wants to fix.

Of course we can build less factories and reduce trash production!

Of course we can build less factories and reduce trash production!

Another students came up with two tips that we can do to improve the environment --water trees and pick up trash!

Another students came up with two tips that we can do to improve the environment --water trees and pick up trash!

For the garbage that we have produced, we can recycle and compost them!

For the garbage that we have produced, we can recycle and compost them!

When the class came to its end, students were still working on their drawings. They not only learned about the significance of Earth Day and the challenges that our nature faces, but also learned to be solutionaries! They all chose three easy things that they will definitely do to save the environment from a handout with ten things suggested by Humaneness 101 as listed below. The kids have grown to become responsible citizens!

  1. Reduce your trash production;
  2. Increase appreciation for the environment;
  3. Talk about nature by going for hikes with your family and friends; set a good example for taking care of the environment;
  4. Turning the lights on in your home only when you need them; make fun reminders by light switches to turn off the lights;
  5. Draw on two sides of your papers instead of just one;
  6. Use energy efficient appliances;
  7. Use public transportation or carpool with good friends to reduce the environmental cost of transportation;
  8. If you have a garden, try to eat foods that you grow with your family;
  9. Time your showers to your favorite song in order to save water;
  10. Give the clothes you’ve outgrown to someone smaller than you.