Why should Businesses do the 'green thing'?

Lesson Starter Discussion...what is the message behind each poster below? (10 mins max)

Images courtesy of dothegreenthing.com

ACTIVITY 1 :  TYPES OF POLLUTION

In your books / folders, mix and match the correct labels to the correct parts of the map and explain their meanings. If you want to, use glue and scissors for this activity! The labels are...

VISUAL BLIGHT

NOISE

POLLUTION

CONGESTION

ETHICAL BUSINESS

BROWNFIELD SITE

LOST LAND

ACTIVITY 2 : INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL BUSINESS EXAMPLES!

READ / WATCH THE ARTICLES BELOW...AND THEN IN BOOKS / FOLDERS WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE BUSINESS DOES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!

IKEA - "Today, more than 76% of our cotton comes from more sustainable sources. Over 700,000 solar panels are now installed on IKEA buildings worldwide and we’ve committed to own and operate 224 wind turbines. We’re making energy efficient LED lighting more affordable, enabling many more people to live more sustainably and reduce their electricity bills. 75% of all the lighting products sold in 2014 were LED or compatible with LED bulbs. But we’re not done yet. We’re just warming up...Watch the film to learn more about our progress"....

ACTIVITY 3 : SOCIAL BENEFITS v SOCIAL COSTS

Or more locally...

There has been a recent proposal to sell off some of Hastingsbury's surplus green areas for a small manufacturing operation. Take the side of either in favour or against in a 'digital debate'! The digital debate can take place in the 'comment stream' at the bottom of this page and extra points go to those who back up social costs and benefits with evidence and links! Enjoy!

SOME SCARY FACTS...