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Written by Rachelle Fordyce on November 24, 2011 – -
- by Rachelle Fordyce
Greetings, my gorgeous green lovin’ guys and gals!
Embracing green may certainly be a dietary choice, and yet it’s so much more. Going Green is not just about dietary choices, it’s also about lifestyle choices, with an aim that seeks to tread lightly upon this beautiful green earth of ours.
When did you learn about living and being Green? Did you learn as a child, an adolescent, or as an adult?
…Whatever your answer, I think we can all agree that the best age to learn about the environment and the impact our actions have on the world around us, is a young age. That’s where Green Kids comes in.
Green Kids Incorporated (Green Kids) is a non-profit, live-theatre group, and the first charity in Canada dedicated solely to environmental education for young people through performance.
I’m glad to say I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to work with Green Kids as a performer! I’ve been involved in three separate tours with them, performing in various schools to hundreds, if not thousands, of children. It was a wonderful experience to share a message of sustainability with our future generations.
In this article, I want to share some more info with you about Green Kids, what they do, and how YOU can play a simple yet important role in helping this wonderful organization to continue to spread its imperative message of green living and sustainability for a green planet and a greener tomorrow.
Green Kids Vision, Mission, and More, are as follows:
Vision: Children changing the world.
Mission: To educate children and teachers on environmental issues and to inspire them to take positive action towards protecting our environment.
Method: Environmental education in elementary and middle schools through live theatre.
Green Kids has never been more relevant, timely or necessary. As the challenges facing our environment emerge to the forefront of Canadian and global consciousness, it is imperative that we teach children about our environment and the positive impact they can still have on the future of our planet.
With all of the talk in the media about global-warming, extreme weather and other environmental crises facing the world, the negative news can be scary for children. For Green Kids, the goal is to see the next generation of youth growing up with “green dreams” on their mind, not nightmares. Green Kids seeks to empower children by providing them with facts about environmental issues in a positive manner, and then equipping them with simple but effective tools to live greenly.
Green Kids was established in 1991 to address the need for entertaining, educational programming for school-aged children about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Geared towards inspiring a new generation of environmentally conscious adults, the first Green Kids tour was only one week long and reached 2,000 children.
In the last 20 years Green Kids has grown in vision and scope and has entertained over 1 million students, their educators, and local communities in over 1,000 schools. Additionally, they have been nominated three times for the Sustainable Development Award of Excellence.
Since its inception, Green Kids has continued to function as a highly dynamic group, continually growing in size and scope. It has toured and performed in schools throughout Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario) and has reached over 1 million children with an environmental message.
Many notable people and organizations have shown their support for Green Kids over the last decade. It is thanks to them that our endeavors have been so successful.
Green Kids’ advisory committee includes Daryl Hannah, Woody Harrelson (yes, that Woody), Glen Murray and many others. You can visit their Advisory Committee page for a more complete list of their advisory committee.
Green Kids is in search of funding and is in the running for $25,000 from Nature’s Path Organics. They just need the most votes.
Please, please, PLEASE take a moment and Vote for the ‘Green Kids Non – Profit Charity’ on Facebook so they can receive money to go to schools and educate children on environmental issues.
You do NOT need to sign up or subscribe or anything and its all anonymous, so if you could, please just go to this link and then please vote (click) for: ” Jeff Golfman’s idea – Green Kids”
You can even vote 30 times in one day (instead of once every day for 30 days), and it will only take 1 minute — click on the vote button until it is no longer RED.
Again, here is the link to Vote for Green Kids to receive the $25,000 in funding from Nature’s Path!
OR you can go to facebook and search for “Nature’s Path” — on their left side page, click on “Giving Back Awards”, then look for ” Jeff Golfman’s Idea – Green Kids ” — then vote (up to 30 times, and it takes less than a minute)!
Please pass this along as Green Kids can use as much help as they can get.
When you sign up for our “Christmas Spirit” version of the 24-Day Green Smoothie Christmas Countdown, we’ll donate an additional $24 to Green Kids!
For more info about this option and the 24-Day Green Smoothie Christmas Countdown, click HERE!
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.“ ~Native American Proverb
“Our children may save us if they are taught to care properly for the planet; but if not, it may be back to the Ice Age or the caves from where we first emerged. Then we’ll have to view the universe above from a cold, dark place. No more jet skis, nuclear weapons, plastic crap, broken pay phones, drugs, cars, waffle irons, or television. Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea.” ~Jimmy Buffet, Mother Earth News, March-April 1990 “Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat – glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning?” ~Frank N. Ikard, North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Houston, March 1968