Litter Prevention is a Green Steps project about protecting the environment by picking up litter. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about litter in South Carolina
- Do something about the litter problem
- Teach others about what they have learned about litter
We planned this project as a groupwide event–for all ages. We often have parties and field trips for all ages. But, this is a great opportunity for community service also. It’s often difficult to find volunteer projects that are suitable for some of our younger students.
This particular lesson has two components: an environmental awareness project and a community service project.
- Environmental awareness: Litter is an environmental problem.
- Community Service: Volunteers are needed to help keep the Midlands beautiful.
LEARN: This year we learned that it’s also difficult to find a location for our group to pick up litter. Roadways with speedy traffic have lots of trash laying around. But, not enough shoulder for us to be safe. Other roadways are already maintained fairly well by residents or volunteers. We have rescheduled this project 4 times this year. Hopefully we can still locate a safe place with a measurable amount of trash to pick up before our May deadline.
But one of our members lives near the lake and discovered that there is extra lake front area along Lake Murray. They let the water level down for the health of the lake and for people to do dock maintenance. They set out to explore this new lake front area that is normally underwater.
Lake Murray in January
DO: What they discovered is a lot trash. Many items that could cut your feet if you were swimming. So, they brought collected a bunch of litter.
Even just a couple volunteers–can make a difference!
TEACH OTHERS: They posted what they found for our group members to see what they found. In addition to this sample of their collection, they also found cut fishing line and hooks.
Part of the collected items found at the Lake Front.
When we participate in cleaning up litter, it’s more likely that we won’t throw it down.The key to solving the litter problem, is preventing it in the first place.
See more of our Green Steps Projects 2018-2019: