Urban Environmental Accords for Kids!

It doesn't matter how old you are or where you live, you can help protect the environment. Created in 2005 for World Environment Day, the agreement shows that the simple steps one can take to make a change have stayed the same, despite changing technologies: turn out the lights, power down, get outside, eat locally, and pick up after yourself. A printable pledge can help remind everyone to do their part for our planet.   To use this for project-based learning, have families determine how many of these actions they currently do, make the pledge, keep track of how well they do on each one, then compare utility usage from before the pledge to after a month or two. 

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Pros

  • Simple language and graphics makes it accessible for all ages
  • Addresses both the environment and physical fitness 
  • Created for urban environments, but works anywhere
Cons

  • Created in 2005 and is a PDF, so it can't be edited; however, this presents a good learning opportunity to show that the same steps taken a decade ago are still applicable 
  • Encourages compact fluorescent light bulbs; LED are now a more readily available and energy-efficient option