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5Cs Daily Tip: School Supplies

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Photo Credit: Nature Moms Blog

Photo Credit: Nature Moms Blog

Across all CARICOM nations students are beginning their first day of the new school year. Some teachers and parents are aware that there are ways to make the classroom  and students more eco-friendly.  So it’s time to reevaluate your school supply closet and figure out how to introduce safer, more environmentally friendly pens, paints and tissues into the mix.

Photo Credit: Shop Honest

Photo Credit: Shop Honest

  1. Bamboo Dry Erase Board: Perfect for working out math problems or creating a homework to-do list without wasting paper.
  2. New Leaf 100% Recycled Paper and Notebooks: Keep minds and trees growing with 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
  3. Rock Paper Notebook: Rock on with paper made from limestone, which saves on water, trees, energy, and has no post-production waste.
  4. Eco Staple Free Stapler: Safe for little fingers and no metal waste.
  5. Corn Calculator:  Your kids will love veggies and math with a fun-colored solar calculator made from corn plastic.
  6. The Seven Year Pen: Reduce waste (an estimated 100 million pens are discarded every day) by not having to buy another pen for seven years…plus they sport cheeky designs.
  7. Bamboo Ruler: Practical and made from sustainable, recycled, and biodegradeable resources.
  8. GLOB: Responsibly packaged art products sourced from natural, recyclable, and biodegradable materials, like paints made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices.
  9. Clementine Art: From crayons to paints, this natural and non-toxic brand is sure to have all the art supplies your child needs for school.
  10. eco-kids USA: Get naturally creative with these non-toxic and natural art supplies.

Engaging your students in ‘Go Green’ activities will help you and your students make a pact to make more eco-conscious choices and take real steps to saving our planet.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Use real plants for class pets

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Photo Credit: Mrs. Hall's Classroom Blog

Photo Credit: Mrs. Hall’s Classroom Blog

If your classroom has a pet turtle, lizard or fish, use real plants instead of synthetic or plastic plants. It’s better for the greater environment, as well as your little friend.

Summer holidays have come to an end and schools have reopened across the region.  There are several ways to ‘Go Green’ in your classroom. Over next few days, we will feature some projects that teachers can engage students to make  eco-conscious choices while taking real steps to save our planet.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Plan an end-of-the-day room check

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Summer holidays have come to an end and schools have reopened across the region.  There are several ways to ‘Go Green’ in your classroom. Over next few days, we will feature some projects that teachers can engage students to make  eco-conscious choices while taking real steps to save our planet.

End of Day Checklist

 

During the last few minutes of the day, have your children make sure all the water faucets are completely turned off; lights are off; and blinds and windows are closed. You can give different groups a checklist for each part of the room.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Health Effects of Climate Change

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Photo Credit: The Sietch Blog

Photo Credit: The Sietch Blog

Climate change increases our exposure to harmful pollutants. Increased ground-level ozone is associated with impaired lung function as well as increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions for asthma. In addition, more frequent and intense wildfires can increase particulate matter exposure, which is linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness.

Climate change and extreme weather events are threatening our health today, and if left unaddressed, will lead to increases in disease, injury and death. Immediate action can and must be taken to minimize the adverse health impacts of climate change and equip public health workers with the tools to protect our communities from negative health outcomes.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Health Effects of Climate Change

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Photo Credit: RJ the Fire Dog’s Blog

Changing climate intensifies weather-related disasters like wildfires and floods that threaten public safety. Sadly, the health dangers of extreme weather events don’t stop when the disaster ends. In the aftermath, countless more people live in unhealthy conditions and suffer from mental health repercussions like anxiety and PTSD.

Photo Credit: PuroClean

Photo Credit: PuroClean

Here’s what you can do to avoid causing wildfires:

  • Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste.
  • Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check.
  • Remove all flammables from yard when burning.
  • During a wildfire:
    1. If you’re advised to evacuate then do so immediately.
    2. Wear protective clothing.
    3. Lock your home.
    4. Tell someone you left and where you are going.
    5. Choose a safe route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
Flooding in Belize City after Hurricane Earl Photo Credit: Jose Sanchez

Flooding in Belize City after Hurricane Earl
Photo Credit: Jose Sanchez

Here’s what you can do to stay safe during a flood:

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor or roof.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
  • If you’ve come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

Climate change and extreme weather events are threatening our health today, and if left unaddressed, will lead to increases in disease, injury and death. Immediate action can and must be taken to minimize the adverse health impacts of climate change and equip public health workers with the tools to protect our communities from negative health outcomes.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Health Effects of Climate Change

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Warmer weather exacerbates the risks of strokes, heart attacks, asthma attacks, and the spread of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya. Zika is also causing serious risks to pregnant mothers and the elderly.

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Climate change and extreme weather events are threatening our health today, and if left unaddressed, will lead to increases in disease, injury and death. Immediate action can and must be taken to minimize the adverse health impacts of climate change and equip public health workers with the tools to protect our communities from negative health outcomes. You can make a contribution through your own individual action. So remove containers, tires or any junk from your yard that can collect stagnant water. Take care of your personal health and those of your elders by staying hydrated particularly on hot days.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: University of Minnesota - Saving vegetable seeds: Tomatoes, peppers, peas and beans

Photo Credit: University of Minnesota – Saving vegetable seeds: Tomatoes, peppers, peas and beans

When you save vegetable seeds, you save money on gardening, become more food self-sufficient, create new, custom varieties of vegetables that grow best in your backyard and have fun in the process!

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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: SCSCA Newsletter 2 (Volume I Issue II)

Photo Credit: SCSCA Newsletter 2 (Volume I Issue II)

Always practice crop rotation and intercropping in order to utilise your land properly. It is the practice of growing of different crops in the same area in sequential seasons with an aim to get maximum products with minimum cost and to increase soil fertility. You can practice crop rotation of tomatoes with cabbages, or potatoes. Is this a practice that farmers use in your country?

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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: Grow A Good Life - Mulching

Photo Credit: Grow A Good Life – Mulching

Mulching is a a great way to prevent weeds from springing up in your garden, but it’s also an ideal method of conserving soil moisture. In areas with watering restrictions, this is especially important. Add a 2 to 3-inch layer of the mulch of your choice to your garden beds and around landscape plants. Sustainable mulch options include: shredded bark, cocoa bean hulls, pine needles, grass clippings, and coir (made from coconut hulls).

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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: Oh My Veggies - How to make broth with kitchen scraps

Photo Credit: Oh My Veggies – How to make vegetable broth with kitchen scraps

Whenever you are chopping vegetables for a meal, you can save the excess bits you’ve cut off of the vegetables that are well-suited for making soup stock such as onion skins, stems of leafy greens, carrot ends, etc. Store all of these in a  bag in your freezer, and when you’ve gotten a good stash saved up, make a batch of fresh vegetable stock. Thereafter, drain the stock to relegate the veggie bits to a compost pile.

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