Nature Citizens

Finally, an end to those single-use plastic straws

Published by Alix Marschani on 2nd March 2019 at 5:43 pm | No Comments

Our collective effort has resulted in the arrival of reusable beakers that would be filled with the milk from the recyclable carton. No more plastic straws in the bin! An easy solution. The washing up is a shared job carried out by the children – true citizen behaviour.

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Plastic Straws: Children get a result

Published by Alix Marschani on 3rd February 2019 at 3:05 pm | No Comments

Following on from my post ‘The Real Halloween: plastic straws in school,’ I can update you that we had a successful outcome. Our milk supplier considered our demand for an alternative to plastic straws and offered us recyclable litre cartons with beakers. This is a big improvement because it means that we will not be […]

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Rethinking Plastic Usage from a Reindeer Herder

Published by Alix Marschani on 3rd January 2019 at 11:05 am | No Comments

This winter holiday I had the privilege to visit a reindeer herder in Lapland. Whilst the lifestyle of the reindeer herder has become increasingly reliant upon visiting tourists, it was obvious that their interests remained with the health and wellbeing of the reindeer. We fed the reindeer lichen from a plastic bucket, listened to the […]

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Rewilding curriculum theme: plastic straws in school

Published by Alix Marschani on 24th November 2018 at 9:12 am | No Comments

As I mentioned in another post ‘The Real Halloween: plastic straws in school’ (31st October), an initiative was going to start this term to help children think about and take action on the problem of single-use plastic straws in school. The Nature Citizens Club meets twice a term to discuss issues that  concern our impact […]

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The Real Halloween: plastic straws in school

Published by Alix Marschani on 31st October 2018 at 7:43 am | No Comments

A real horror story: What has a stroll along a beach got to do with plastic straws? Well, it got me thinking about plastic in the sea and the facts are shocking. According to more than 70% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have ingested plastic straws. The result is a 50% chance of […]

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Outside is best! A reader writes

Published by Alix Marschani on 10th October 2018 at 7:41 pm | No Comments

This has been written by guest blogger Janus. Share in her thoughtful observations from a life learning outdoors, and now in retirement with her family. Your comments are welcome. Thoughts about my grandchild: As a retired early years headteacher I now have time to enjoy watching just one child engage with the outdoors. My grand […]

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