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Perhaps a stretch, but information like this is useful in devising approaches to changing other habitual behaviors–like wasting energy. Among other things, Carbon Kids hopes to give individual actions a collective presence. By working within households/families, communities and schools, the program intends to foster intimate social connections that are pieces of a larger movement. This can’t be done from the top down.

From the other side, individual actions can seem inconsequential if not bound somehow to the actions of others, particularly those people one sees daily. Even local chapters of environmental organizations aggregate individuals from across a city, each person going back to her/his own neighborhood. That’s why, if possible, core activities of Carbon Kids should be connected to schools. In addition to the formalized learning component, elementary schools in particular are in the midst of the neighborhoods they serve, binding the children together by virtue of physical proximity.

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