Garden class gives IPCS a green boost. Earth consciousness results when kids put their hands in the soil and are encouraged to make practical life connections. Once kids go to the green side, its gonna be hard to go back to the dark; it couldn't be more true than at IPCS.
School started Tuesday with our end-of-the-year pancake breakfast social. Parents, students, staff, and community members got together for an all-you-can-eat pancake feast before school. Kids running around with massive mounds of pancakes, moms and dads chatting over coffee, up and coming sibblings exploring campus crannies, Jr. High band playing Jack Johnson songs; I think the coolest part of the social is it's greenness. Plates, forks, cups, and foods are biodegradeable, so we just bring out wheelbarrows to use as trash cans for easy hauling to the school's compost bins. John from PATH was the green cherry on top of the social with his bike blender that enabled students to peddle power some homemade whip creme. We've minimized the impact our tri-yearly social has on the earth by composting, recycling, asking parents to bring their own coffee mugs, making juice from concentrate, using a jug to dispense water, and forgoing the pre-made whip creme that comes in those bullet-proof aresol cans.
Now that our ohana has experienced the satisfaction of having a party that leaves virtually zero negative footprint on our island, it will be hard to go back. To gorge on pancakes with no green guilt about tossing the plate and fork you used for 10 minutes of self-fulfilling griddle grazing to rot for a few hundred years makes it harder to go back to filling that landfill.
Little did I know that 7/8 grade garden class would herald more garden-born green inspiration. A student asked me if I would be willing to take gardeners to O'oma rezoning hearings, scheduled for May 5, at the King Kamehameha Hotel. These hearings are to gather public testimony about a corporation's proposed appliction to re-zone a currently "conservation" zoned ahupua'a just north of some of the only open space shoreline left in Kona. O'oma is but up against the ahupua'a which homes the waves most kids in kona learn to/are learning to surf on. The rezoning proposal is to make the area "urban" so a plan to put 300 shops and 1,200 dwellings can go forward.
My students voiced concerns about the possible effects development would have on the ocean. They've learned that land and ocean are connected through the ahupua'a system. How will more urban zones, one less conservation zone, affect their surf? THEY were asking ME to take them to a hearing. The future taxpayers want to see how it goes down.
I get to take garden students to the hearing. I wouldn't have thought of it myself though. It took the gardeners to make the connection between class lessons and ocean health at O'oma.
I have a feeling that the green side at IPCS is just a fraction of the force of the future; cause once you go green, there's no going back.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.