Fun with composting

This week my Garbology 101 class went to our school’s estate to learn about composting. The estate’s director, Santosh, who I’ve learned so much from about farming (he runs an indigenous seed bank), indigenous cows (we have a sperm bank to help promote local species), and composting. Yesterday, he shared his wealth of knowledge with … More Fun with composting

Spot the Batteries

This week my Garbology 101 students began to learn about e-waste. We did a little exercise which asked them to colour in all the objects on the page that require batteries to operate. It was interesting to see what they missed. Most of them didn’t pay attention to what was outside the window. Not everyone noticed … More Spot the Batteries

Creative Composters

  One of my favourite Garbology lessons is this one. It asks you to take the children outdoors, to explore under rocks, rotting logs, piles of decomposing leaves. The objective? Learn how nature naturally recycles and see why it’s so crucial for us humans to work with and not against nature by recycling too. It’s … More Creative Composters

Plastic Pause

Yesterday a couple of senior girls came to my house. They wanted to have an earnest conversation about what they could do to minimise the flow of plastic–and especially mutli-layered foil packaging. I showed them a few ideas on Pinterest, of things they could make with the wrappers, but the truth is most of these … More Plastic Pause

Back to School

School began this week and I had my first Garbology 101 class with my 4th standard students yesterday. I realise that it is going to be quite a bit different than it was last year. In a lot of ways this is going to be a better test of whether this curriculum works. Last year … More Back to School