When you hear the name George Lucas, images of Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader may come to mind. But there's much more to Mr. Lucas than making wonderful movies. Twenty years ago, the famous filmmaker decided to turn his attention to improving education, and he established a foundation called Edutopia. We'll link you to the organization's Web site and tell you about a wonderful, green resource they provide.
As we all know by now, cars and busses are not environmentally friendly, because they burn fossil fuels, and many of them have exhaust systems that pollute the air. The Walk to School Day is an effort to cut down on fuel consumption and pollution, and we'll link you to the event's official site.
Halloween will be here before you know it, and in this issue we have a simple solution for coming up with a new costume. The idea will help save money, natural resources, and energy, and it can keep materials out of the landfill. We'll also show you how to use your imagination to draw a Halloween creature.
You'll be amazed by the artwork featured in an article about professional artists who create their work from scrap materials and items most people throw away. Déjà vu Art and Fine Craft Show will be held in November, and we hope some of you will attend. Finally, in the Leftovers section, we have a tip about preparing cans and glass so they can be more easily recycled.
On October 5th, kids and teachers around the world will observe Walk to School Day. In the United States alone, there were more than 3,500 events registered last year. To get your school and community involved, click here: http://www.walktoschool.org/.
However, you don't have to register in order to take part. Just do your own thing, and ride your bike or walk to school that day. This event is good for you, and it's great for Mother Earth, because you won't be riding in a car or bus and consuming precious resources.
Its purpose is to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools., and the organization's Web site, Edutopia, http://www.edutopia.org/ provides many resources for students and teachers.
One of its best is a document called the Think Green Resource Guide, and some of the topics covered include the following:
It's OK to leave labels on recyclables, because they can be removed in the recycling process. However, food waste like grease and leftover peanut butter can ruin an entire batch of material, making it useless as far as recycling is concerned. Take a few minutes to rinse cans and bottles, and you'll be a big help to those who create new materials from your recyclables.
Finding a large piece of paper on which to draw is as easy as looking through yesterday's newspaper, and the classified or sports section is perfect for this activity. Besides that, this is a great way to get started in drawing a Halloween picture.
On Saturday, November 19th, the public is invited to see an amazing art show featuring professional artists who reuse and recycle materials to create their work. Held at the new Commons, which is located at 3rd and Washington Streets in downtown Columbus, Indiana, Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Nearly 50 artists, who reuse materials such as broken toys, china shards, and bicycle parts, will show collage, mosaics, jewelry, metal sculpture, fiber arts, and more.The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Area Visitors Center, and Pentzer Printing, Inc. sponsor the annual show, which is held in celebration of America Recycles Day. The event is free and open to the public.