"We've really seen a change in the teacher's attitudes. Many of them started using reusable markers this year based on our proposal to put them in the classrooms last spring. Most are exited to be a part of something; they're very open to "going green."
Amy Grant, high school student
“Don’t give up. Don’t take ‘no’. Budgets can be overcome. When teens tell their schools about ideas for positive change, and if they have valid reasons, the administrators listen. They really do.”
Emily Packer, co-president of Teens Turning Green
Having children changes your life in many ways. One of ours was that it shifted our focus from our own exposure to the products we use to the exposure of our three girls… The supplies our children and teachers use at school each day can be extremely hazardous. Thank you for offering AusPen markers and products which help us minimize the risk to our health and environment.
Janette Deruki, PTA
My green lightbulb has always been on, but has burned brighter since I became a teacher. I now have the ability to influence hundreds of students to be greener and more aware each year… When I first started teaching, I realized that I'm not doing as much as I could be to make a difference, which made me a bit of a hypocrite. It's easier to be green when you're hoping that your students will. So, my green lightbulb is powered by my hope that the next generation will be smarter than mine.
Jenn Sanders, high school teacher
My green lightbulb moment came after having my second child and realizing how difficult their future may become if we leave a legacy of indifference to our current climate change crisis and other examples of ecological unfriendliness. My message of hope is just to convince people that as long as they start on the journey of ecological consciousness, it doesn’t matter where they’ve come from. Progress is the key. Continuing to move forward is what is important.
Jacqueline Butler, teacher
The Gulf Oil Spill gave my students and I several opportunities to discuss our consumption habits and our relationship to people around the world who experience environmental trauma. The need for oil and the ability to create sustainable products made a great impact on my class…Everyday events like picking up garbage and printing out homework are complimented with the remarkable insight of students who have grown to recognize that we are responsible for doing their own part to be green from just discussing events like those. Just the other day one of the four-year-olds said her salad dressing looked like a small piece of the Gulf Oil Spill.
Christine Villalobos, preschool teacher