Litter Pick-Up is a Green Steps project in 2017-2018 to protect the environment. This is a continuing project from Litter Pick-up 2016-2017.
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 was 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: Students learned about the environmental issues of litter in our waterways. We discovered what sort of trash ends up in waterways. We discussed the ways that it gets washed into the rivers. SC’s drain system doesn’t go thru a filtering system, but is redirected to a waterway. So, trash often washes from land areas upstream. It can even end up in the ocean.
Students are learning about litter collection and safety.
DO: Our families went to Saluda Shoals to help collect litter along hiking route and in a dry riverbed that floods each year as part of their Ad0pt-A-Waterway program. The students saw how the trash gets left in the environment. It’s careless for people to toss out their empty cans and plastic bottles…and cigarette butts. We collected a lot of recyclable items.
We collected a lot of recyclable items.
TEACH: Taking the time to come help pick-up litter is actually kind of fun. Plus you get to wear the fashionable bright orange vests. All REACH members are invited to come help with our next litter pick-up. Several of our participants are vigilant about litter. They are cleaning up their own neighborhoods and parks…and recruiting more friends and family to help too.
These students are telling their neighbors about keeping the Midlands Beautiful.
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.
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