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WILDLIFE EMERGENCY--AUSTRALIA .
8,500 koalas have died to date in the extensive wildfires in Australia. Many animals with burned paws and damaged lungs have been taken to rescue centers. Their food supplies are burned out in many areas. To help go to World Wildlife Fund Australia wwf.org.au
Art Submission Opportunity
The newly formed Environmental Council of Huron Valley (EcoHV), along with the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Sierra Club and CUUB is hosting, "Our Changing Climate", an art exhibition dedicated to bringing awareness to our climate crisis and inspiring action.
They are looking for artists of all ages (kindergarten through adult) and abilities to participate! The contest is open to all, but the council is working with two galleries to show the art - Huron Valley Council for the Arts in Highland and CUUB in Brighton.
Click this link for more rules and details! We hope you and your students consider participating.
Featured Threatened Michigan Animal
The Short-eared Owl is an endangered species that can be found in Michigan. These owls have only been seen in ten counties this past year. To learn more, visit the Michigan State University's website and print our coloring sheet for a fun activity. The coloring pages are copyright free for participating Michigan Green Schools.
GREAT NEWS The Kirtlands Warbler, one of our featured threatened animals, has just been taken off the federal endangered species. Teachers can find our free coloring page on the activities page.
A top goal again this school year is reducing food waste. For every 1 lb. of food waste composted, 6 lbs. of greenhouse gases are kept out of the atmosphere! Schools can get a compost bin or compost units for classrooms and know they are making a great contribution to protect our earth. Learn more at https://www.smarterlunchrooms.org.
Monthly Ideas: January
Try making more of natural light in the classoom. Studies show students score better in softer light. One bank of lights near the windows would be a good start.
Start the new year with responsibly disposing of electronic waste. A lot of it contains lithium and mercury which are toxic to our land and water. Also the rare earth materials in them are recycled so new mining is less. Go to NationalComputerRecovery.com in Ann Arbor. You can also find other sites that will accept e waste in your area. BestBuy accepts a lot of items as well.
Visit our Green Activities page for more suggestions. The page is updated each year, so continue to check back!
Websites We Love
Green Did You Knows
Time to declare independence from carcinogenic food dyes. Some of children's
most popular snacks also contain dna damaging dyes like red 40 and yellow 6. Make a point to read labels. These dyes are disclosed by law on the products
This is the 2019-20 Michigan Green School emblem. We chose the Karner Blue butterfly because it only lives in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario with a few small exceptions. It is highly endangered. This new emblem attaches to the official green flag awarded to schools that earn the Michigan Green School designation. There are emerald and evergreen versions as well.
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Updated January 27, 2020