Green Sugar Press is dedicated to engaging and nourishing youth with all nature offers. From the benefits of getting our hands dirty while exploring a new landscape to the applicability of using nature’s design principles to reshape our lives, we aim to grow healthy kids inspired by nature.
Growing Green Minds
Green Sugar Press is a social enterprise producing and selling books (giving away at least one book for every one sold), with plans to broaden our offerings, e.g. Truck Farm Chicago, a mini-farm on wheels, kicked off Earth Day, 2011. Stay tuned for more.
Our messaging begins with encouraging unstructured outdoor activity. Kids are born to wander and wonder. To run, dig and climb. Kids learn through play. Our work helps find ways to unplug electronics and engage with the natural world around us. Connecting kids to nature early and often reaps life-long rewards.
“If we want children to flourish, we need to give them time to connect with nature and love the Earth before we ask them to save it” –David Sobel,
With a solid foundation in place,
a.) youth are ready to learn about nature: Not necessarily the names of birds and trees, but about our connections to, and, our place in, nature. Using nature nearby as the context for learning, we dig into questions like Where do we live? Who lives with us? How does it all work?
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” –John Muir
b.) adolescents are ready to learn from nature: Using the earth as it’s laboratory for 3.8 billion years, nature has figured out what works. Nature eliminates the idea of waste, runs on current solar income, thrives on diversity and rewards cooperation over competition. We change our relationship with nature, so, rather than ‘using’ nature, we apply nature’s design principles to re-think and re-shape our built environment and the ways we live.
Green Sugar Press sees a world of abundance, not limits.
Too often the focus of the ‘green movement’ and ‘green education’ is about ways to be less bad. And while becoming more efficient is necessary, it’s limiting, uninspiring and not much fun. Yes, incremental change in energy and resource use makes sense, but so much more is possible.
We espouse getting our hands dirty, embracing and developing creativity, and, inspired by nature, putting our imaginations to work to do good.
From food systems to manufacturing, to transportation and education, why not ask, “How would nature do it?” Nature-inspired design leapfrogs current Industrial Revolution-aged linear solutions. For example, why not design a building like a tree? One that provides shelter, but also cleans air and water, produces more energy than it consumes, grows food and is beautiful. At the end of it’s life, it returns to the ground to enrich the soil and support new life. Why not build cities like forests? Changing perspective leads to solutions that create growth which replenishes, restores and nourishes life.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein
The creativity of youth makes the 21st century the most exciting time in the history of the world to be alive. Get involved.
About the Name ‘Green Sugar Press’
While we seldom think of it, plants support all life. By putting together air with sunlight, plants use green chlorophyll to make a “green sugar.” This sugar is the foundation of what feeds life on earth.