Green Summer School
School may be out, but the mantra that 'every day is a school day' remains true. This summer, why not try to deliver education of a different kind to your family?
The fact is, in just a few weeks children will be back in the classroom as the darker nights approach. These last few weeks of summer are an opportunity to learn while enjoying the outdoors.
The benefits of outdoor education.
Engaging with their environment isn't just about occupying a few days or filling the time until 'real' education starts. In schools, children are receiving eco-education, but they are largely theoretical. The chance to learn in the field, pun intended, is a welcome one and it can help children better understand what's in their textbooks.
Getting outside is as much about exercise and physical benefits as it is educational. Did you know this generation spend half as much time outside playing as their parents?
Consider greener outings this summer that can be fun and informative.
There are plenty of online activities available from groups like the National Trust and Inhabitant. You can support this learning by organising trips to parks or museums. Outings like help children bridge the gap between classroom learning and the real world. Given the emphasis on recycling and eco-responsibility, it is essential your child meets these topics at an early age. One school based near ReGen, even toured our facilities to learn more!
Once you've convinced your child to put down the iPad or controller, what can you do next?
The easiest and some of the most enjoyable activities don't involve leaving the back garden. Consider making bird feeders, they can be extremely easy and will draw in some wildlife throughout the seasons. Even on rainy days, your child or children can sit inside and see the birds enjoying what was left out. If you fancy your DIY skills, why not try to make a birdhouse or bat box depending on where you live. This can help children better understand their local eco-system.
At ReGen, we believe that to create a more eco-friendly environment, and we need to adopt a dual approach.
One critical area is education, like the ideas encouraged above and the other, is technological advancement. Since we began our work in 2004, we have committed ourselves to focus on research and development. This has led us to reinvest 10% of our turnover to better understanding our field. At present, we are one of the most advanced recycling plants in Europe, and we lead the way in Waste to Energy (WTE) and diverting 100% of Mixed Dry Waste from land-fill.