“The earth is not given to us by our parents, but loaned to us by our grandchildren”. 'Who Cares? Whose Care?' helps to make every day Earth Day. It is designed to guide middle and high school students in exploration of ways in which they can make choices which lead to a more sustainable environmental future. Topics include Talking Trash, Reviving Recycling, Purchasing Purposefully, Consuming Carefully, and Cutting Out Chemicals
The study is designed not from a scientific point of view, but rather from a social science perspective. Students are invited to engage in four basic components in each chapter: thinking about the topic from a personal perspective, engaging in an activity that connects the topic to the student’s own life, pondering the learnings from the activity, and planning for or doing something different based on the learnings. Some of these are appropriate for classroom discussion, or they might be topics for written papers, student presentations, musical compositions, visual arts.
Among the activities are a Household Waste Audit, creating a recycling timeline with family members, looking for recycled content products, examining one’s own values as a consumer, and exploring ways to be a part of “closing the loop”.
The reading material is brief in each chapter and includes case studies from corporate America, as well as reports on studies by the EPA about recycling history and practices.
The material may be utilized as an intensive unit, or may even be more effective if spread out over a period of weeks or months, as there is a significant amount of outside the classroom activity required.
A source list includes many relevant websites and suggestions for teachers are included.