As cheesy as it sounds, Whitney Houston was right on the money when she sang, “I believe the children are our future; Teach them well, and let them lead the way,” in The Greatest Love of All. I mean, that makes as much sense today as it did in 1985, especially when talking about the environmental movement.
My parents encouraged my passion for the outdoors when I was young, whether it was hiking though Turkey Run State Park or participating in endless Boy Scout adventures. It certainly hasn’t been hard to teach our boys about nature – they are effortlessly drawn to it. Ian Sanchez has turned-on thousands of Lowcountry kids to the wonders of our local wilds through SC LEEP, and Lowcountry Earth Force has been engaging local youth with environmental service and critical thinking for years.
Another great way you can ensure environmental education continues to be available locally is by giving to the GREENS Fund. The joint program between The Sustainability Institute and Lowcountry Earth Force provides grants for sustainable initiatives here in Charleston.
The GREENS Fund awards grants for projects that: (1) Address environmental conservation and preservation in an innovative way, (2) provide learning opportunities for the community and students alike, (3) demonstrate environmental stewardship and sustainable development. The grant is open to all Charleston County High School classes (both public and private) and school sanctioned student groups; and is intended to encourage critical thinking and problem solving while raising environmental awareness through education, project implementation, and community action.
Sounds like a great way to help the message of sustainabilty ring loud throughout our community. Check out the GREENS Fund website for information on making a donation, or applying for a grant.