Educational write Laura J. Peskin, based in New York, shares this article with us about Personhood and its implications. (Image by Andrea_44 shared under cc-by-2.0)
I’m new in the world of event organization and I was really pleased to be invited to join a local conference organizing committee recently. One of the aims of the committee is to review and extend the sustainability of the event from an environmental point of view.
On 29 June I added a comment on our Facebook page about our tendency to buy cheap, throwaway fashion. I’d been thinking about this for a while and having parallel discussions with friends, in various places, especially those with fashion-conscious children who want to stretch their pocket money as far as they can. After all, why buy one ethically-sourced T-shirt, when, for the same money you can buy 10? This is a mind-set we need to change.
Chris Etchells recently shared this very comprehensive report with us on the ELT Footprint Facebook group. I’d like to share some extracts from the foreword and the background as an introduction. And I’d also like to thank Chris and the team for sharing their work with us on behalf of everyone at ELT Footprint.
ELT Footprint is three weeks old but it feels like it’s been around a lot longer. We’re overwhelmed by the buzz over on the Facebook page. We’re delighted with the response of members and your generosity in sharing lesson plans, ideas, interesting news articles and stories about what’s going on in classrooms around the world to highlight the climate crisis and be proactive in changing habits and minds.
Just over two weeks since our group was launched on Facebook on May 24 and we’ve just hit 1000 members! A big thank you to everyone involved for your continuing enthusiasm and commitment. The response has been overwhelming – in so many different ways. Sometimes the flood of notifications has been dizzying but each and every conversation has brought something new to the table.
ELT Footprint is a blog is for people from all walks of the ELT world. We’ll be posting about initiatives, projects, campaigns, victories and ideas about how to reduce our climate/carbon/plastic footprints across the ELT profession. We’ll also be sharing links to teaching resources and materials designed to raise awareness and, more importantly, to prompt action. There are some excellent resources out there so we need to make sure they get as wide a reach as possible. Get in touch if you’d like to write a guest blog post or you have some resources you’d like us to share and please spread the word among teachers, trainers, writers, publishers, language school owners and anyone else who will listen. We’re all in this together!