Green Living: Ways to Reduce Your Footprint

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We here at Mom It Forward are all about changing the world one mom at time, as you know. And we know that can only be done one small step at a time. What you do doesn't have to be big, but every little small thing adds up. Speaking of small things, we recently found out about several groups of elementary students across the country who are doing their part to reduce their environmental footprint by participating in a program sponsored by National Geographic and Proctor and Gamble, called Find Your Footprint.

This program was developed to inspire students to monitor and reduce their environmental footprint. Schools from across the country submitted video, photo, and essay proposals in late 2010 detailing how they would track and reduce their energy, waste, or water footprint in their schools or local communities. Submissions were narrowed down to 6 top finalists competing for $36,000 worth of educational supplies and materials. Their plans range from emotionally inspiring to intellectually complex, but they're all thought-provoking, because of the fact that they're coming from elementary age children.

My favorite was this one, from the second grade students at Walker Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas:

Find Your Footprint number one video

You can view the 6 finalists' video entries and vote for them here until March 16th. It's worth visiting the Find Your Footprint as well for the free downloads and kids' activities.

Do you live a green life? What actions do you take to help reduce your footprint?

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