Add green space to your community.
An area with plants or trees is a great place for people to relax and take a deep breath. Plant trees or plants in a neighborhood park or start a garden at your school. Does your school have a courtyard that could use some plants? Is there an area in town that would benefit from some more green?
Get creative with what you plant – consider the climate in your region and what would be appealing to the community. Research plants that have thorns or nice smells, and don’t forget about plants that are useful! Maybe the school cafeteria would use herbs from planters or vegetables from a garden. Consider plants that attract animals that everyone can enjoy or biology classes can study. Don’t forget to research and avoid invasive species!
Tips & Suggestions:
- Research local environmental nonprofits or agencies that could support you.
- Partner with other groups at school like the science department or a greenhouse club.
- Schools that involve students in decision-making are more likely to have collaborative and cooperative relationships between faculty and students (Leren, 2006).
- The presence of plants has a positive impact on attention span, creative thinking abilities and perception of the physical school environment (Grinde & Patil, 2009).
- School gardens provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about nutrition and environmental science (Ozer, 2007).
- No outdoor space or restrictions on live plants? Studies show even artificial plants can have a positive effect on mood and on lowering stress (Beukeboom, Langeveld & Tanja-Dijkstra, 2012; Blaschke, O’Callaghan & Schofield, 2017).