Drawdown Learn for Children

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  • MY FAVORITE SUSTAINABLE THINGS (Sung to tune of My Favorite Things) by Lisa Elrod Bend, OR

    Clean drinking water and salmon in rivers,
    Huge old growth forests, with bird songs deliver.
    Beautiful nature, summer, winter, fall spring,
    These are my favorite sustainable things.

    When the fish cry,
    When the seas die,
    When I’m feeling sad.
    I simply imagine sustainable things
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Recycling containers in public places,
    Zero waste stations, puts smiles on our faces.
    Composting food scraps to make worm castings,
    These are my favorite sustainable things.

    When the trash builds,
    When the land fills,
    When I’m feeling sad,
    I simply imagine sustainable things
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Hand me down clothing and gently used toys,
    Waxed cotton food wraps, make multi-use joys.
    Up-cycling packages into new dreams,
    These are my favorite sustainable things.

    When the oil spills,
    And the waste kills,
    When I feeling sad, I
    I simple imagine sustainable things,
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Please fellow humans,
    Take care of our earth,
    Be mindful, be careful and value her worth,
    It only takes some love and caring,
    To preserve and protect our most precious thing!

    When the earth warms,
    And no bees swarm,
    When I’m feeling sad,

    I simply imagine sustainable things,
    And then I don’t feel so bad!

  • I am putting together a parent-child Zoom Intro to Drawdown. The set up is that I will show a short video for young children ( grades1-3) about some aspect of Global Warming or a focus on a solution we can all take action on. Any suggestions for the kids part? Thanks!!!

  • Hi friends, as part of our work in the domain of Drawdown Learn for Children, June Hament and I have been developing a program on the Amazon Rain forest for elementary school age children (K-6). This 30-40 minute program was to have been delivered next week to the children who participate in the Invention Convention in Cinnaminson, NJ prior to the closing of the schools due to the corona virus epidemic. Since this program is still under development, we’d love to hear from those of you who are familiar with this topic and would like to share resources. Thank you.

    In past years we have offered programs with these topics:
    2019 - You can be an Environmental Super Hero
    2018 - Put Plastic in its Place
    2017 - Our neighbors, the Whales
    2016 - Healthy Eating, Good for You, Good for the Planet
    2015 - Our Planet, Our Home

    Each of these programs included short videos, conversations with the children (usually 10-16 from each grade group plus 2-3 adult chaperones) and a specific “ask” for the children as follow up to our time together.

    If you’re interested in one or more of these programs, please contact me directly or post in this topic. Thanks, Marty Levin

  • We in Pachamama Alliance Rochester Area feel that DRAWDOWN and the PA message of hope and connecting people to work together on DD solutions would be beneficial for students experiencing depression, "climate anxiety" and increased suicide rate. Could anyone who has taken the Intro to Drawdown program to schools please share their approach, letters to schools, activities with students, recommendations, etc. to help us? Pat Wartinger pwartinger@gmail.com

  • Tomorrow Sandi and I are doing a Drawdown Intro for the biggest Rotary Club in Vancouver and we are proposing to collaborate with them to bring DD into Vancouver schools. Keep your fingers crossed. And check out our new website: www.bcdrawdown.org

  • Here's a useful resource that we were introduced to at Drawdown Learn: using skits and theatre to communicate about the climate crisis, based on work by Prof. Beth Osnes of the University of Colorado and others. Several scripts and more are available here:

  • June Hament , Sue Staropoli Mario Trigueros Rogér Knoren and I participated in Drawdown Learn at the Omega Institute during October. Hundreds of educators gathered to share their insights and experiences sharing the Drawdown message with children ranging in age from 2 to grad school. You can tap into some of the sessions via streaming here: https://www.eomega.org/online-workshops/2019-drawdown-learn-conference-…

  • Hi, everyone. I am new to Pachamama, though been interested in Drawdown for about a year. Wondering if anyone has facilitated a workshop with high school student leaders. Would love to connect and learn about your experience if you have. Thanks!

  • Hi there - I am just learning about this group, but I am very grateful to find it. I have an Enrichment Program I've laid out based on Drawdown (it grew out of assignments I completed while getting my Master's of Science in Education last year). This would be an Enrichment Class for middle or high school students. I am interested in getting this information out there to whomever might be able to use. The curriculum still needs work and development.

    Specifically, there are only four completed lesson plans, though the course is envisioned as Year-Long Course with 18 Lesson Plans - meeting once per week. The enrichment course is designed for high ability, motivated students who can work autonomously. The rational and underlying theory for the course are all developed. There is also a need to get speakers for the course. Teachers also need to identify three "case studies" in your region that highlight three of Drawdown solutions - it is envisioned that field trips would be taken to these sights or programs.

    Are there educators who are interested in this work? Please contact me if so: lisalkrausz@comcast.net. I live in Howard County, Maryland, and I would also be interested in working with people to try to get this info into the public/private schools. Please share your thoughts. Thanks!