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WHAO & LGW: EARLY SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION
Since April 2019, in response to and promoting the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), WHAO has expanded its environmental protection program in Newark, New Jersey, United States, to integrate sustainability into elementary school classrooms.During April 17th to June 7th, 2019, WHAO and the Legion of Good Will organization once again partnered together to develop the early childhood education project titled “Good Will Student for Peace – Green Lesson”. The LGW’s “Good Will Students for Peace” program had more than decade long history, and incorporated WHAO’s “Green Lesson” to expand its curriculum this year.The course aims to integrate character-building activities and environmental awareness into early childhood education, into the classrooms, lifestyles, families and communities. The beneficiaries of this program are around 300 K-2 students and their families in Newark, New Jersey.Sara Dong(left in the photo above), WHAO's Project Manager, was invited by the Legion of Good Will to become a Special Teacher at the Oliver St. School in Newark this year. The theme of this year is "Protect our Mother Nature," and the “Green Lesson” was also included in the school’s curriculum during this academic year.Green Lesson was a series of courses that focus on raising people’s environmental awareness by showing the possibilities of green lifestyles in their daily lives. Since the early childhood stage is a crucial period for the development of thoughts and behavioral habits, let the children develop environmental awareness in the subconscious, recognize the relationship between human beings and the environment, as well as the rules of the food chain, which are very beneficial to the future development of the new generation and the world.91% of disposable waste has not been recycled, which translates to 6.3 billion metric tons, will become plastic waste in 2019. Plastic bags, cups, bottles, straws, and more all add up to the global waste problem affecting individuals and communities across the world. The World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO), a leading non-profit organization based in New York, is seeking to put an end to disposable wastes and promote greater sustainability around the world to accelerate achieving the sustainable development goals. Studies show sustainability can help minimize operation costs and when taught to students through hands-on experience, can boost performance in the classroom. Outside of helping with early childhood education, positive sustainability can also promote a greater sense of global citizenship in future development.Designed by WHAO, the “Green Lesson” taught about compost materials, waste sorting, and how to make reusable handicrafts for homes and schools, developing a self-conscious environmental awareness and sustainable habits. One of the key courses is to teach students how to make reusable natural wool dryer balls, using organic wool roving from farm, old stockings, and essential oils to make environmentally friendly, 100% natural, degradable, and recyclable dryer balls. These balls can replace liquid softeners and disposable dryer sheets, expressing sustainability and the benefits of using natural materials to students, schools, and the communities.The two organizations worked together to make the curriculum more diverse and interesting for the students. The Green Lesson consists of diverse environmental lessons and hands-on activities on different themes every week.The 1st week began with a fairy tale book for children to learn about protecting the environment and rainforests, the book is called "The Great Kapok Tree." Students learned about the importance and their responsibility of protecting the mother nature. The 2nd week has an experimental activity called “Clean the Polluted Water”. Each student filled a bin of clean water and then throw trash, food wastes, vinegar, and oil into the water. Then, with no given resources, the students were asked to clean the water, demonstrating the challenges of cleaning the environment after it has been polluted. This raised the awareness of causing and managing waste for the children, leaving one boy commenting “I will never pollute again!” and another girl “If we keep throwing trash into ocean, by 2020, the ocean will have more plastics than fish!”The 3rd week is an upcycling craft activity that transforms plastic wastes into something reusable, such as musical instruments, pencil holders, piggy banks, and robots. The students turned the disposable wastes into reusable toys or tools and are now displaying in the classroom, hallways, and in their homes to inspire their communities and families. The 4th week began the other part of the lesson, started with an interactive quiz and lesson from Sara on the environment and the consequences of waste. She usually started each class with the same question: “What does it mean to be green?” and explained being green means drawing on two sides of paper instead of just one! Being green simply means thinking of new ways to reuse things.Then Sara made a compost quiz for the students, testing about compost material quiz, she stapled different wastes on each card with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the back of each card, she let the students raise their hands for voting, which helps the students to better understand whether each waste is compostable/degradable or not.Plastic waste takes at least four hundred years to break down into our land, harming our water, land, people, and animals, leading to illness and bad practices. Statistics showcase this problem further: (Taking U.S. as an example)By 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State BuildingAmericans only recycle 30% of waste. 80% of products are used and thrown awayThe US accounts for 5% of the world’s population, but 40% of the world’s trashThe average American leaves behind 900,000 tons of trash in his/her lifetime for future generationsThere are five ways to help the environment, in which we call it “5R Principles”:ReduceReuseRecycleReplaceRefuseThis was shown in the next lesson where the students made reusable wool dryer balls. Sara explained, instead of using one-time disposable dryer sheets and harmful chemicals to dry and soften clothes, families can use these natural laundry balls to keep their clothes fresh and the environment green. After all, clothing is an important essential that touches our skin every day, which impacts on both our body health and environmental health.After explaining and demonstrating how to make the natural laundry ball, students got up and made their own. This is the first-time experience for most students to touch a real piece of wool. They rolled and helped each other to finish rolling each wool roving into a ball. At the end, they selected their favorite scent of essential oils, orange is the most popular one! Afterwards, Sara took all the wool balls home, where she tied it in old stockings, threw it into the washer and dryer, and round and stiff wool dryer balls are finished!It is just as simple as tossing 1-2 dryer balls into the dryer each time when you dry your clothes, which can effectively shorten the drying time by more than 30% and reducing static clinging. Not only does it help reduce disposable wastes, it can be reused more than 2,000 times. Even when its lifecycle ends, natural wool is a degradable and compostable material that does not burden the environment.On June 7, 2019, the two organizations and schools cooperated to hold a graduation ceremony for this year's “Good Will Students for Peace—Green Lesson” graduates, in which all students and parents attended.All the dryer balls were packaged together with an instruction card, sending along with the graduation diploma to each student and teacher who participated in this program.Danilo Parmegiani, CEO of Legion of Good Will, took the lead on the opening speech, thanking the school, encouraging every student, and introducing the LGW’s historical education program. Especially with the collaboration of WHAO this year, expanded and strengthened the reach and depth of the program.Secondly, Bina Wong, WHAO's CEO, spoke on behalf of WHAO and expressed his sincere gratitude to the school and the cooperative organization. She gave a speech and introduced the original initiatives and visions of WHAO.Finally, Sara Dong, teacher of the green lesson and project manager of WHAO, explained to parents the implications of the green lesson, the use of natural wool dryer balls, and their health benefits to our bodies and the environment. At the end of her speech, Sara once again emphasized “You are the most important natural resource,” she added, “Please remember to always ask if your behavior is green (sustainable). Together, we can take care of our only home. As the end of this Green Lesson, I wish you a beginning to a green future." For closing remarks, Sara reemphasized the many ways we can take care of the environment and earth.WHAO is excited and honored to have the opportunity to offer these lessons to Oliver St. School and the greater New York region. As a non-profit organization, we’re committed to providing equality in education, relief in poverty, and promote environmental sustainability. WHAO is dedicated towards building a better tomorrow, with you together!(Video Produced by Legion Of Good Will)
WHAO & IDIG2LEARN : EARTH LOVE DAY LOCAL ACTIVITY
WHAO & IDIG2LEARN | Earth Love Day Local ActivityOn April 27, 2019, the World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO) was invited by idig2Learn as one of the hosts at an environmental activity at Roosevelt Island with several other New York based non-profit organizations, including Big Reuse, Wengerd Farm, Roosevelt Island Garden Club. (L: Sara Qihan Dong from WHAO. R: Christina Delfico from IDIG2LEARN)The activity was a local environmental protection event called - "Earth Love Day" took place at theGood Shepherd Plaza Farmers Market of Roosevelt Island. On the day of the event, numerous interactive activities and games were prepared for the ‘islanders’ (residents of Roosevelt Island), demonstrating diverse ways of sustainable lifestyle. Activities include lottery wheel, compost material quiz, food waste drop-off, compost giveaways, battery recycle, safe medication disaposable box recycle, and especially, WHAO’s project manager, Sara Dong, experimented and demonstrated the possibility of natural dyeing clothes or foods with food wastes, such as tea residue, onion skins, and other natural ingredients. The activity approximately attracted over 100 residents and 3 restaurants of Roosevelt Island to join this Earth Love Day. "Food scraps are not waste!" said by Christina Delfico. "Instead of throwing away food scraps, there are many ways to reuse them!" said by Sara Q. Dong.Some shocking statistics on food waste:Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countriesEvery year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food.These numbers on food waste showcase a global phenomenon — almost a third of all the world’s food goes to waste. Although food waste is typical in areas of inequality and poverty, rich countries like the US and the UK are responsible for high levels of waste as well. Too much food is bought and uneaten. A great article written by the New York Times explains in greater detail this issue: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/climate/food-waste-emissions.html. Now, have you ever wondered what to do with the left-over or rotten fruits and vegetables at home? Or can't finish the remaining food residue? If you felt it would be such a waste to throw them all into the trash can, what else could you do? In fact, there are many interesting and environmentally friendly solutions!!1. It Can Be Used to Make Organic Compost!2. Or Homemade Natural Dyes for Your Food or Fabric!3. You Can Also Make Homemade Paints for Paintings!———————————————————————————————————————————————————————1. Homemade Organic CompostOn the day of the event, Roosevelt Island showed us its sustainable recycling system. All the kitchen waste and garbage will not leave Roosevelt Island, instead will be reused again as compost and become part of the soil again. A few weeks ago, three restaurants from the island donated all the kitchen waste to the NYC Compost Project to make a large bucket of organic compost. During the Earth Day environmental activities, we gave away free organic compost to Roosevelt Islanders, people took bottles and cans to get the amount of compost they needed, and learned how to make compost at home.The following simple instructions teaches you how to make three kinds of compost at home![1) egg shell + banana peel homemade phosphorus potassium compound compost]Phosphorus and potassium are a nutrient for many plants. The eggshell contains a lot of phosphorus, and the banana skin contains a lot of potassium, which is just used as a phosphorus-potassium compound fertilizer.Instruction: Wash the egg shell thoroughly with water and then dry it. The banana peel is also dried. The more dried the two are, the better. You can use it as a fertilizer by breaking the two with a blender. If you don't have a blender, you can wrap it in a cloth and break it.Note: Do not put the egg shell directly into the pot, this will attract a lot of bugs, even mice. When fertilizing, mix the powdered powder with the soil, or add it to the compost to increase the content of calcium, phosphorus and potassium in the compost.Egg shells and banana peels contain calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, silicon and other elements, which are applied to the soil and can also improve the physical properties of the soil. Let the soil be looser, both breathable and drained, which is conducive to the growth of the roots. At the same time, the soil is soft and breathable, which is beneficial to the growth of microorganisms in the soil.[2) humus soil]The humus soil, also known as humus soil, is a nutrient soil formed by the microbial decomposition and fermentation of the plant leaves and leaves in the soil. It is light and loose, with good permeable and ventilating properties, and has strong water and fertilizer retention capacity. Mixed with other soils can significantly improve soil and improve soil fertility.Instruction: When going to climb a mountain, under the big tree with many leaves, the soft black soil under the leaves is the humus soil, and it is very easy to bring back a large bag.Note: The humus soil that is taken back is best dried in the sun for six or seven days, using high temperature and ultraviolet rays to kill the pests inside.You can get this organic fertilizer with a little care, especially for people living in the city. This organic fertilizer contains not only the large amount of elements required by plants, but also the medium and trace elements required by it. It is non-toxic and non-polluting, does not burn roots, and does not burn seedlings.[3) kitchen waste compost] Every day, we produce a lot of food waste, which is not only environmentally friendly, but also an excellent fertilizer for your vegetables and flowers. Instruction: Cut the daily cooking food (must not have any defective materials) into a sealable container such as a sealed foam box. The more broken the material, the easier it is to be degraded. If you have enough food, you can go to the store to collect some egg shells (washed), put the fruit skins inside, or go under the big trees to collect the leaves that are going to rot. After collecting, lay a layer of soil on top, and leave a space of three centimeters on the top. Water the water and spread the three centimeters of dry soil on top to prevent odors. Put the foam box on the corner of the balcony. If there are cockroaches, it is better to put dozens of pieces into it. After three months, you get a good black, fine soil-like compost. If you add some rapeseed or peanut oil and slag and dried eggshell in the kitchen, you can get better compost. Note: There must be no oil, meat or salt added, otherwise there will be bugs or even mice. The production of this kind of organic fertilizer takes a long time, but the pay is rewarded. After your vegetables or flowers are used to compost, you will be rewarded with the best condition.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————2. Homemade Natural DyeFood waste and food residue can also be used as a natural coloring agent for cloth or food! Clothing, scarves, sheets, eggs, pasta, desserts, most of the food or fabric you can think of can be dyed.Basic materials:• Natural colored food or plants.• Pure natural fabrics – usually natural fabrics or fabrics such as wool, cotton, linen or silk, the main reason being natural fabrics, the microscopic cellulose is relatively rough, and the too smooth fabrics are not very solid. color.• Mordant – mainly to help the fabric to be better colored, there are many types of mordant, usually salt, white vinegar, soda and so on.Instruction: Put water and food waste or peel into the pan, usually in a ratio of 2:1. When the water is boiled to a bright color, usually for an hour or so, use a colander to filter out the food residue and pour it into a glass bottle. The simple natural dye is ready! If you need a lighter color, reduce the proportion of vegetables or reduce the dyeing time, and vice versa will get a darker color. Homemade dyes are like soups. One hundred people have one hundred recipes. They are always familiar with them. The more you try, the more likely you are to find your favorite method. Encourage everyone to try more at home! This is also a very suitable parent-child activity for kids to interact at home on weekends~Note: Only natural materials can be naturally dyed, different materials will require different fixing agents, and different fixing conditions will occur. Normal fading occurs due to pure natural food staining. Especially naturally dyed fabrics or wovens, need to be hand-washed at least two times after dyeing to ensure no more fading and then dry.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————3. Homemade paint Instruction: Just as the above homemade natural dye steps, boil until you get the desired color, add a spoonful of food thickener and stir well with a blender. The consistency can be grasped according to your own preferences. It is recommended to start adding from a small amount (1/4 of the measuring spoon). After the solid pigment is formed, it can be placed in a sealed canister and stored in the refrigerator for a long time. When you need it, it is very convenient to paint with a paint brush or directly by hand. Note: After all, it is a dye made from natural food, so the storage time would also be limited. It is recommended to make just enough amount every time. It is necessary to control the amount that can be used up in 3-6 months. Need to be sealed and refrigerated.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————Please click this link for more reports and videos about this Earth Love Day event: http://rooseveltislander.blogspot.com/2019/05/roosevelt-island-celebrates-earth-love.htmlThe World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO) is committed to three major areas of work: equality in education, poverty relief, and environmental protection. We put efforts to promote the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our programs and activities are spread all over the world, including Asia, Africa, and North America. This recent event allowed us to get involved with our major area of environmental protection at the local and lovely neighborhood in New York. We are seeking for collaboration to increase our reach and impact globally!Please feel free to reach out to us! Any non-profit organizations, private sector, or individuals who are interested in collaborating with us, all welcome to contact us! Please get in touch with us through email: whaonyc@gmail.com or get more information through this official website.We are looking forward to a better tomorrow with you!

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