Greening Jordanian Schools Deepens Environmental Roots

As we approach Earth Day, schools all over the world are preparing events and activities for this international day to honor our planet, and the Middle East is no exception, despite widespread unrest in the region.  In Amman, Jordan, students at Patriarch Diodoros, “The 1st School” formed an ‘Earth Day Volunteers’ group and are ‘greening’ their school inside and out.  So far, they have improved their school garden and held school-wide assemblies on the environment. The whole school has gotten involved – they’ve­ integrated environmental education throughout the curriculum!  In honor of school-wide environmental awareness, Patriarch Diodoros School has pledged 650 Acts of Green to Earth Day Network’sA Billion Acts of Green® campaign! We can’t wait to see what else they have planned as we get closer to April 22!

Through their participation in A Billion Acts of Green®, these students are proving that no one is too young to make a positive difference for the environment.  Student Abdul Aziz Al-Gandye encourages fellow youth to take action around the world, saying, “We all should contribute to removing the weight of environmental pollution from the shoulders of our Mother Earth.”

This April, you can joinPatriarch Diodoros School’samazing Earth Day Volunteers by holding an Earth Day school greening event at your school and pledging student participation to A Billion Acts of Green®!  If you need inspiration, check out the Acts already submitted for environmental education and school greening, and refer to our educational resources for help.