Our STACKS chat last month was all about being green, in honor of Earth Day. We talked about recycling, conserving energy, being less wasteful, and most importantly, spreading the word about saving our one and only planet!
Some of my personal fave parts of the conversation were:
1) A bunch of you reported that your schools were celebrating Earth Day by turning off all electricity for an hour — or even the whole day! I suggested doing the same thing to my boss at Scholastic, but since I work on a website, that didn’t exactly fly . . .
2) Special guest Moderator_Elise brought up the question of how to tell whether something is recyclable. I always thought that any piece of plastic with a 1 or a 2 on the bottom was fine for recycling, but thanks to you guys, I learned that it depends on where you live. So after the chat, I was inspired to do a little research about NYC in particular, and it turns out I’ve been trying to recycle a lot of stuff that isn’t allowed. Whoops, guess I got a little overzealous. Sorry to the people at the processing plant who had to go through all my plastic!
3) Everyone agreed that it’s important to be green everyday, not just on April 11th. As thumbelina08 put it: “We don’t have to be green just on Earth Day, we need to be green all the time. Earth Day is just a reminder like a giant post-it note.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
So, those were the most memorable moments of the chat for me. And you can continue the conversation on our Save the Planet message board! Or for more info on what you can do, there are tons of books to check out. Here’s three suggestions to start you off: The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Band and Penny Chisholm, and You Can Save the Planet: 50 Ways to Make a Difference by Jacquie Wines.
— Karen, STACKS Staffer