by Holly Fink, Ruckus Media Staff Marketing Consultant
With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, we decided that it was important to gather our friends and followers and talk about what we’re all doing to live a greener lifestyle. After all, as app creators, we’re always thinking GREEN. We don’t use paper to produce our stories, we don’t ship our books or store them in warehouses, saving energy and creating space in the environment.
So, we wanted to celebrate the power of going green and hear how people are encouraging their own children at home, and find out if schools are following through with some of the green initiatives being promoted so avidly by green proponents. This past Monday night, we gathered the troops and had a wonderful, informative discussion about the topic. Not only did we talk about methods and tactics for a greener lifestyle, but we also talked about digital media’s impact on our initiatives. Many hadn’t thought of apps as specifically green yet and felt enlightened. We also heard from our partners at Stepping Stones Museum and RainForest Alliance. Together, we are bringing a new app designed to challenge and educate children about the lure and fascinating interconnections between plants, animals and insects in the Amazonian Rainforest. As the launch date nears, we thought it would be exciting to have them join in and share their thoughts on going green and some of their initiatives.
You can read the transcript on Twitter at #Ruckusgreenapps. Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights:
Q1: What have you done to encourage a greener lifestyle at home?
mnikpat: Encourage recycling their everyday products.
ostmega: We’ve switched to only cloth napkins/towels, no paper. We turn off lights & use reusable shopping bags.
elivya: We have a special shredder+recycle box for all of our junk mail.
NewKidsApps: Seems so simple, but so easy to have two separate trash bins: one for garbage, one for recycling. Easy.
coollegumes: My toddler loves to sort the recycling; cans, bottles, and glass. We don’t talk about my Diet Coke habit though!
mom4everandever: Unplug, reduce..don’t waste.
ostmega: We’re trying to switch to ereaders and apps here. My 3-year-old is great with it, but 8 year old likes paper.
peekababy: One thing is to try to pack my preschooler’s lunches waste free and in reusable containers.
MamaSarahJane: We switched to green cleaning products and try to reuse our drinking glasses throughout the day!
natgreenhome: Cut up paper for messages from the phone.
steppingstones: We also recently completed a major renovation and expansion and our new building is green.
Q2: As a parent, do you use digital devices for green reasons(paper-free), as well as entertainment reasons?
mnikpat: We homeschool.. My 11 yr old’s entire curriculum is on the computer… NO PAPER!
ostmega: Honestly, I use the Kindle to cut down on clutter (books) more than I do for the green aspect.
bcherry82: We do! My son loves my nook, & as long as it’ssupervised, I think tech. has alot to offer and teach.
ostmega: My son took the John Henry app to school on the iPad as a source for a presentation!
coollegumes: Our library collects used books and does a book sale in the summer. We’re donating this year and loading our e-readers.
Q3: How do you talk to your kids about the environment? Will you do anything special with them on Earth Day?
mnikpat: My girls and I are going to clean up the road we live off of on Earth Day this year. We are so excited!
MamaSarahJane: My son is only 2 so we can’t really talk to him about it yet, just set an example!
bcherry82: I always make sure to let my son know why we take all the extra steps we take to help the environment.
mnikpat: I want to make cloth napkins to replace papertowels and napkins.
coollegumes: My DD is 2 & she might not understand WHY she’s doing things like turning off lights, but it’s good practice
MamaSarahJane: I think for Earth Day we’re going to finger paint some flower pots & plant seeds for our veggie garden!
coollegumes: I make homemade baby food for my 5 mo old. I just wrote a post about it! It might be small, but it makes me feel better.
Q4: What are some examples of resources, i.e books, CDs, web sites, apps that teach children about going green?
mnikpat: Living by example is the best way to teach your kids.
steppingstones: Our Rainforest Adventures exhibit is all about preserving and protecting our precious resources.
DSloanandco: Guinea pigs! They eat salad scraps right up.
MariaFerGhiso: Check out the Rainforest Alliance Learning Site for lots of free resources for parents, teachers and kids.
MamaSarahJane: Nick Jr. has a lot of little skits about going green!
ostmega: We like the song Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Jack Johnson.
ADL_Kane: My daughter loves books about animals – we read about Sea Turtles and Manatees and talk about saving them.
SavvyMomNYC: Love singing “It’s not easy being green” by Kermit the Frog with a different meaning.
MariaFerGhiso: I have been having so much fun helping to design theRainforest Survival Challenge!
CaseKidsLikeIke: “Kids like ike” has short videos & songs teaching kids to love their planet!
SavvyMomNYC: The Lorax was way before it’s time – and the message is more important than ever.
MariaFerGhiso: I love the Lorax. There are also great books for urban kids – one of my favorites is Urban Roosts.
Q5: Have your schools or communities taken on any specific initiatives that helped make kids aware of going green?
ostmega: Our public school is slow to do this, but Montessori preschool was on top of recycling/reusing.
coollegumes: Our daycare/preschool is really good about recycling and keeping “green” overall. I hope the primary school is 2.
ostmega: A lot of things like that are parent led or initiated at our schools. Maybe a good project for a class?
steppingstones: Our Rainforest Adventures exhibit very popular and will be traveling.
MariaFerGhiso: One of the great things about rainforests is their biodiversity & the unique species were perfect for the app.
MariaFerGhiso: Check out the RA Learning Site-5&6th grade units are about how sustainable coffee helps migratory birds.
Stay tuned for our next Twitter Party next month, featuring our partners from steppingstones and RnfrstAlliance. Details coming soon. Meanwhile, join us on Twitter for all the latest Ruckus Media updates!