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No Ziploc for This 6-Year-Old

by Jane S. Shaw


Canada’s National Post reports that a six-year-old boy was not allowed to participate in a lunchtime drawing for  a stuffed teddy bear at his daycare. Why? Because his parents had packed his lunch in a disposable plastic bag rather than reusable Tupperware. “We have to take care of our planet and the bags do not decompose well,” the boy’s teacher told his unhappy father.

The incident has spurred a “fierce debate” about how far to go in protecting the environment, wrote National Post reporter Tamsin McMahon. There’s a debate? Yes, apparently many of the people who commented on the family’s blog post agreed with the school’s position.  The Post was kind enough to ask for my opinion  (as a coauthor of Facts, Not Fear).  I pointed out that it’s extremely difficult to know whether something is environmentally friendly:

Schools should focus on teaching kids the fundamentals of science so that they can explore environmental issues themselves and draw their own informed conclusions as they get older, Ms. Shaw said.

The full story is available here.