Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Education & Lighting

-- Quote of the Day --

“…I started tutoring kids when I was in college and I found that I just enjoyed being involved with them. …My first teaching job involved working with a class of 5 year olds and I got in trouble for being too creative with the kids. – And my attitude was ‘Why cant we teach them organically as things of interest comes up?’ I had to do the exact same thing with them every day and they were bored out of their minds. …For me, the one-size-fits all in education just doesn’t work, because nobody is the same. …[Teaching them] how to learn, instead of what to learn – and they will know how to learn for the rest of their lives. …Honoring who the kids are as people. ” 

~ Kristen Johnson
Today's quote originates from the May 10th interview titled Arts & Youth

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-- Positive Eco-News --
Now here is something interesting: 

Incandescent bulbs will be banned in Canada and no longer for sale by 2012 – similar plans are already in place in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, the US and in the EU

As you know CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights) use up to 75% less energy and there is a recycling program in place for them. Retailers like Home depot, rona, London drugs, Ikea… and others have take back programs in place.

Apparently CFL’s can actually reduce the amount of mercury in the atmosphere even though they contain mercury themselves. Huge amounts of atmospheric mercury is released when fossil fuels are used to produce energy (think coal), so simply by way of reducing energy consumption we can have a big impact on the amount of mercury released irresponsibly. 

LED (Light-emitting Diodes) lights are even better, though costlier, in that they are even more efficient and last even longer than CFL's. 
* offers information more information on lighting related recycling programs within the province of BC, Canada.

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