Kids lead the charge at Green Living Show
Published Monday, March 3, 2008 6:20AM PST
It was the kids who seemed to be the most green at the Green Living Show in B.C. Place on Sunday.
Forget reading, writing and 'rithmetic -- for the kids of the 21st century, the three "Rs" are reduce, reuse and recycle.
"We raise money by recycling and doing extra chores at home," said Natasha Aisenstat, the creator of Kidz Gone Green, which had a booth at the fair. "We buy trees to plant around other neighbourhoods."
Other children said they compost at home, turn the lights off and turn down the heat when they're away, and re-use towels rather than wash them all right away.
"When you go into the schools, they have a higher level of consciousness on the environment, that's exciting to me," said Bob Paul of B.C.'s Ministry of Environment.
Chemist-turned-mom-turned-entrepreneur Lynn Stapleford said it was important to make green innovations, such as her "Green Bean Baby."
"It's the legacy," she said. "You want to feel good about what you're doing and be proud that you're trying. Every little thing helps."
And surrounded by people who care about the planet, the kids are learning, said children's performer Lorraine Pond.
"The kids really absorb it, they're sponging it up and they are feeling empowered with the opportunity to make a difference," she said.
With a report from CTV's Shannon Paterson