Here are some details of Drawdown School Workshops:
Background on Elementary Workshops
1. To introduce elementary students to Drawdown 2. to engage students in Drawdown solutions at their school 3. To encourage students to bring Drawdown ideas home to their families.
There have been two different approaches at the elementary level:
i) Specific School projects such as vermicomposting have been piloted at a few elementary schools with the help of the Eco School teachers and Eco Team students (see article below in Attachment 1): this supports the Regenerative Agriculture Drawdown Solution, Number 11.
ii) Interactive Workshop at the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board’s “Our Common Home Symposium” which highlighted Drawdown and sent students away with Drawdown projects for school and home (See Attachment 2).
i) Vermicomposting has been led by eco leaders in a few classrooms in three Schools; two in Caledon (St. John the Baptist and James Bolton), and one in Brampton. Each school successfully set up and created compost in classroom size Vermicomposters, complete with worms, in about 5 classrooms in each school. Students collected compostable items in class and around school to add to the composter on a regular basis. See Attachment 1 for an article on the whole process.
ii) The Interactive Workshop was well received. About 15 participants came up with actions that fit under the Drawdown Solutions. Actions included turning lights off and carrying reusable water bottles and lowering the thermostat. We had a good discussion about the Drawdown solutions and how together we can use these solutions to slow down global warming and ultimately reverse climate change.
For descriptions of each Drawdown solution go to: http://www.drawdown.org/solutions
Drawdown Solution Tie In:
#55 Household Recycling
#11 Regenerative Agriculture
#3 Reduced Food Waste
#70 Recycling (Recycled Paper)
# Reduced Energy Use (Many Solutions found in the Energy Sector)
Drawdown: Families Reduce Energy Footprint!
Go into the main rooms of your home and see how your family can reduce its energy footprint: Family Room, Kitchen, Laundry, Bedrooms. Identify things that you can do –add them to your Family Energy Reducer List. Check off other ideas from the list that you and your family can do to reduce.
Family Energy Reducer List
- Reduce your food waste
- Unplug electronics to avoid phantom power
- Use off peek times for energy use
- Close blinds
- Donate your gently used books, toys & clothes to charity
- Turn off the lights when they are not in use
- Look for the recycling symbol on packages when you shop and buy local
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Bring a reusable lunch bag and water bottle to school
- Help plant a tree and watch it grow
For more information and to see how Drawdown Solutions are being implemented go to:
Contact and How to get involved as a teacher
1. Contact one of the Elementary teachers that piloted this project with their classes this past year to see how you can do it in your class:
Betty de Groot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Reilly: email@example.com
2. Also you can ask students to take home a check list to do an activity with their families to reduce their Energy Footprint (Attachment 2)
Here is an article written in Just Sayin’ Newsletter