Achieving sustainability will require a fundamental change in the way we look at lifestyle choices. Just as we learned as children to turn off the lights when we left a room and not to litter, our children (or grandchildren) will have to learn about the choices they will have to use sustainable energy, agriculture, and transportation. Much of this education will have to come from parents (and grandparents), but schools also have a role to play.
The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute' s next Green Monday on January 23 will address the question: What are our kids learning about sustainability? It will include presentations by:
Robin Cape, on the Reading, Riding, and Retrofit program founded to support the greening of schools in Buncombe County;
Anna Littman, of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, on the Growing Minds educational program they have developed for students and teachers;
Treasure Smith, a fifth grade teacher at Evergreen School, and Rebecca Molaro, one of her students, on their experiences learning about sustainable agriculture;
Erica Schneider, Outreach Specialist for Sundance Power, talking about the programs on sustainable energy she presents in schools.
Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.
Green Mondays are held in the Board Room of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Building, 36 Montford Ave., from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Green Mondays are funded by a grant from Progress Energy, with support from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Purplecat Networks.