There is a lot of talk these days about "The Greening of our Schools". Some schools are jumping in headfirst and see the need for change. Other schools are not quite there yet, and are waiting for things like funding, parent buy in, and community support. The truth of the matter is that we can wait no longer! Our students, our teachers, our staff, and our planet are not as healthy as they could be, and it is our job to do something about it!
Did you know the average American spends 90% of their time indoors? Did you know The World Health Organization estimates that the environment significantly affects more than 80% of major diseases? That includes childhood cancer, diabetes, and asthma. In addition, more than 1/3 of diseases in children under the age of 5 are caused by environmental exposures. Did you know that 1 in 3 people are affected by allergies? Did you know 1 out of 13 people have asthma, and that asthma is the number one cause of school absenteeism?
According to The EPA, more than 53 million children and 6 million adults in the United States spend their days inside our elementary and secondary schools. How can we turn our backs and not address important issues like Indoor Air Quality and Nutrition? How can we expect our students to learn, and our teachers to teach in environments that are not up to par?
Executive Director and Founder, Robin Organ, knows all too well the dangers of environmental exposures and their effects on human health. Just a few years ago, Robin Organ nearly died from repeated anaphylaxis and toxic overload. Robin had always suffered from allergies and a weakened immune system. Little did she know that one day, her immune system would overflow to the point where she became ALLERGIC TO EVERYTHING [chemicals, foods, fabric, cleaning supplies, vitamins, etc.]! Robin and her 2 young daughters have suffered immensely due to environmental illnesses, but please read on because this story has a HAPPY ENDING. Due to the work of numerous doctors [holistic + traditional] and authors, Robin was able to learn the tools to choose health for herself and for her girls. All three girls are living a much healthier lifestyle and were able to get off much medication that was repeatedly prescribed. Like many other families, the Organ family became educated in practicing environmental controls and in reading labels. They were able to implement simple strategies around their home that made a difference.
Robin was inspired. After teaching for nearly a decade, Robin saw greenschools as her way to give back this learned education to those involved with the school community. greenschools has helped numerous schools get rid of toxic products and GO GREEN with non-toxic cleaning products. Greenschools has also helped schools implement safer practices and policies when it comes to the health of our children and our planet.
To find out more information, and/or how to bring greenschools to your community go to: www.projectgreenschools.org