The Government Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School is one of many public schools in New Delhi. Being a public school, education is greatly subsidized, with the students belonging to the lowest economic spectrum - Children of Rikshaw Pullers, vegetable sellers, maids, etc.
On a visit to this school, the two things that stood out besides the obvious poverty was the lack of "green thinking" we so often here and talk about, and the absolutely distraught looking school boards which are meant to communicate messages to and by the children and faculty.
After gaining permission from the school principal, I set about trying to rectify both these problems and took over the 3 boards most visible to students, teachers and visitors to the school.
Facts, Statements, and Questions were used to promote the 'green' thought process along with the seemingly counter-intuitive use of paper as the main material.
The intent to use paper came about so as to draw the most direct connect between the paper and the representative trees. This was further enhanced by the representations being 3 dimensional to illustrate the "real-ness" of the tree as something you can touch and feel. It also helped attract and retain attention.
As a concluding exercise, students collected waste paper from their classrooms and homes to be sent out to a local paper recycling center...a process which was alien to them altogether. They plan to recycle these paper trees at the end of the year as part of the on-going process.
Hope it sticks!