Introduce the class to the ‘Seven Rs’ (see below) discussing what is meant by each term and how each can help us to live in a way that is better for the environment (i.e. in a more sustainable way). Use the whiteboard slides (see Resources needed section) to go through each of the seven Rs:
1. Refuse – politely saying no to things you don’t need
e.g. a plastic bag at the supermarket, the latest phone when the old one is actually ok
2. Reduce – using less
e.g. use less energy by turning off lights, use less water by not letting the tap run when you brush your teeth, use less packaging by buying fruit loose rather than in plastic containers
3. Re-use – using things as thoroughly as you can rather than throwing them away
e.g. take old toys to the charity shop, use old glass jars to store things in, use food leftovers for another meal
4. Rot – turn any food waste that can’t be reused into compost and use in the garden
5. Recycle – all plastic, paper, metal and glass waste plus anything else than can be recycled (clothes, batteries etc.)
6. Repair – rather than immediately throwing something away if it's broken.
e.g. electrical goods can often be fixed, bicycles, etc. Repairing things such as a leaking tap (saving water) or a car that's throwing out a lot of smoke (harmful emissions) can have a positive impact on the environment
7. Re-think – work out some creative ways to do things that are less damaging to the environment
e.g. manufacturers using less packaging for their products, or packing things in more environmentally friendly materials
Ask the children for examples of how they already apply these ‘Seven Rs’ at school or at home?