Ecojustice: Waste

The Ecojustice curriculum for gr. 6-8 is in active development. This page exists primarily to post resources and lesson plans in progress. Images and text on this page copyright (c) 2014-present Dan Harper

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Every organism produces waste products. Humans excrete feces and urine, they leave behind the parts of food plants and food animals they don’t eat, and they breathe out carbon dioxide: these are waste products. Humans also leave behind other things: trash, smoke and exhaust, chemicals, etc. When we think about human waste, we should ask at least two questions: How can we dispose of human waste so as to have minimal negative effect on other humans and on non-human-organisms? and: Are there waste products that we produce that are both harmful (to us, to other species) and not necessary (i.e., there are better ways to do things)?

a. worm composting

Process: Get permission and funding from the Buildings and Grounds Committee to purchase and install a worm composter. Assemble the worm composter and put it into place. Get Red Wriggler worms and some compost starter (from an existing compost pile), put it into the composter with some yard waste from the congregation’s grounds. Make signage telling people to put compost in the composter.

Below: Feeding food waste into the worm composter; Red Wriggler worms

feeding the worm composter
Red Wriggler worms

b. yard waste composting