Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Nearly 1200 Teachers Have Pledged to Go Paperless for Earth Day

With just over a week to go, nearly 1200 teachers worldwide have pledged to go paperless for Earth Day.

The pledge has been featured in the posts of a number of bloggers including stories in Learning Today and on Greenopolis; Richard Byrne made a really cool pledge map to show where we all come from; and our friends at the Earth Day Network have helped to get the word out along with tons of great folks on Twitter.

Thank you to all of you. We started with just a handful of pledges and never had any idea it would get this big. It's your dedication and generosity that has made this possible.

Now, it's crunch time. We've got just over a week to let as many educators as possible know about the pledge. I'm asking that all of you help by telling a colleague, a friend, your Twitter PLN all about the pledge. Let's push this thing a little further and see what happens.

Also -- and this is a big also -- I've set up the Paperless Earth Day Wiki which will act as a repository for documentation of what you all do in your classrooms. I'd like this to become a communal resource for lesson plans, ideas, and the sharing of stories. Make it whatever you want to make it: it's yours. For my part, I'm going to document our Earth Day in pics and post a photostream on the wiki.

Think big; be creative. It's yours.

This pledge drive began as an idea in Steve Katz's head; I'd like to thank him for the work he's done. Here's the original post that went out in February explaining how and why we were doing this.

Thanks to all of you who have pledged so far. Tell your friends and colleagues to take the pledge to go paperless in their classrooms on April 22nd -- the 40th annual celebration of Earth Day -- by clicking here and signing up.

Thanks folks. You all are amazing.


  1. I will be more than happy to go paperless that day!

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, is having a contest where every teacher in your school can win a free gift! Check out the contest at my link.

  2. This is good news! Congrats to everybody! :)


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