Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

I live in Getxo and new containers, including the ones for organic waste, have just been installed. Maybe that is the reason why   I have become more sensitive about the need to recycle, reuse and reduce. The Town Hall of Getxo has also launched an on-line  competition for Primary and Secondary students  in the area so that they face a series of challenges that will let them learn about the benefits of recycling. Eight schools are taking part in this competition and I can say that families and teachers are as happy as students themselves. 

I was wondering how I could contribute to raise awareness about this topic in other schools and I have thought of sharing a simple proposal I have thought of with teachers of English or teachers who implement Science or Global Issues through the medium of English. You can find my proposal here.

If you can spend more  than two sessions on the topic, I would recommend a great website by Michelle Henry, a teacher of English. There is a huge variety of activities on vocabulary, audios, games,  and even songs related to the topic. Jack Johnson's "The 3 R" is my favourite. You can listen to it  below these lines:



Jack Johnson was   named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2015 but seven  years before that he was interviewed  for ABC news and maybe his words  leave a mark on your students. While listening to the interview, ask them to keep these two questions in mind:

-  What did he do as a singer so as to protect the environment? Name at least two actions he carried out while he was recording. 

-  In his view, how can music change the world?


You can follow the interview here:



I hope that by  trying one or more of the suggestions above your students will collaborate to the 3 Rs.

2 comments:

  1. Mis 2 webs (sin publicidad) pueden ser de su interés: yofrenoelcambioclimatico.blogspot.com (MENOS es MEJOR) y http://plantararboles.blogspot.com, un manual para reforestar, casi sobre la marcha, sembrando las semillas que producen los árboles autóctonos en la misma comarca de su recolección. Salud, José Luis Sáez Sáez

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  2. Thank you very much, Jose Luis. Both blogs are really interesting.

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