Three Feet High and Rising

Written by Joanna Ouellette

It seems that our kids can be the leaders of the family on a path towards sustainability.  When my son started preschool, I was ecstatic the day he came home singing the recycling song Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  (Jack Johnson version). The song begins with “Three is the magic number” and I recognized it from this hip-hop song by De La Soul.

I was immediately taken back to the mid ’90’s, congratulating myself on teaching my son to enjoy WAY cool music, when I realized he wasn’t singing De La Soul, but The Recycling Song, and the “three” relates to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Now to me, that was a proud moment; my son, with a cool taste in music AND a little mind that was already growing the green shoots of sustainable thinking.

Since then, we’ve been looking for online resources and activities for TerraBlu Kids, and one that gets the official kid stamp of approval is Ollie’s World. The site has a wide selection of online games, information, quizzes and a fun education component, including this excellent child-friendly energy saving game.

And to end on a colorful note, ever thought about how to make use of those broken bits of crayons? Try melting them down and recycling them by baking them in the oven in a muffin tin.  Or check out the Crazy Crayons recycling program for schools.

Who said sustainability can’t be fun?

2 thoughts on “Three Feet High and Rising

  1. COngraulations on starting terrabluteams You have a lot work of ahead of you in starting a non-profit orgaznation. Your approach is very similar the social-ecological model for policy development.

    The community collation I worked with developed a community tool kit to reduce health disparity using this model.
    For more information check out the following web site
    Also look at the Environmental Justice work to engage communities on sustainability!!
    Good luck
    -Peter Droese

    • Thank you Peter,

      We certainly do have our work cut out for us! One of vehicles of engagement starts on January 1st, 2012 with 52 weeks of sustainability exercises to educate and inspire individuals to integrate sustainable best practices into their lifestyles.

      We are currently working with my local community as an “engagement model” for any TerraBluTeam to adopt to leverage their “sustainable education” throughout this challenge with their families, their neighbors, their community business owners as we move towards a sustainable future.

      Your organization faced many of the same challenges. I am very curious about the tool-kit you mentioned, I could not find it on the website. Can you send it to me?


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