Take Local Action
Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to empower students to effect positive change. We can all make a significant difference protecting wetlands and oceans if we are mindful of our daily activities and choices.
Mantra: “To be noble is to take positive, productive action locally and globally.” Lisa M. Algee
Materials: Recycled sustainable paper, pencil, crayons, markers, computer with PowerPoint and ClipArt.
What we can all do to protect wetlands? Here are six suggestions to get you started. You come up with four more and then use the pledge sheet (below) to commit to three (with conviction).
1. Don’t litter. Pick up trash and recycle.
2. If your car is leaking oil or other car fluids, get it fixed!
3. Don’t use pesticides or insecticides in your garden.
4. Buy local, organic produce.
5. Use mulch instead of fertilizer.
6. Volunteer on a wetland restoration project with a local environmental organization.
Take Action: Protect the Wetlands!
I pledge to protect the wetlands by committing to do the following:
What we can all do to protect oceans? Here are six suggestions to get you started. You come up with four more and then use the pledge sheet (below) to commit to three (with conviction).
1. Conserve water: take shorter showers; use a permanent water bottle; don’t use water to clean your drive-way; plant an arid garden, etc.
2. Don’t use pesticides and insecticides in your garden.
3. Don’t use plastic bags; use your own permanent bags when grocery shopping.
4. If you eat fish, choose sustainable fish from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.
5. Go on beach clean ups with your family and friends. Use one bag to collect trash and another bag to collect recyclables.
6. Don’t release helium balloons into the sky. They often wind up in the ocean and turtles mistaken them for jellyfish and die from consuming them.
Take Action: Protect the Oceans!
I pledge to protect the oceans by committing to do the following: