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Make Nice Mission: Earth Day

Make Nice Mission: Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. Students in the H.E.A.R.T. program partake in the Eco-bag Program which teaches them about the waste we produce in our world, particularly those nasty plastic bags. They create eco-bags to reduce the use of plastic bags.

THE ECO-BAG PROGRAM:

Canvas bags are encouraged to reduce the amount of plastic bags that get produced each year and end up in our oceans. Examples of eco-messages include: "Save the Earth," "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," "Protect our Planet," "We Only Have ONE Earth," "Go Green", and "I Am Eco-Friendly!".

Make your own canvas bag and spread an eco-message.
 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR BLOCK PRINT BAG MAKING PROJECT >>

 

The Problem with Plastic Bags

• DID YOU KNOW? The U.S. annual plastic bag consumption requires an estimated 12 million barrels of oil. Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, birds and other animals die each year from swallowing plastic bags mistaken for food. Each high quality reusable shopping bag you use has the potential to eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over a lifetime.

• DID YOU KNOW? Around the world, about one million plastic bags are used every minute; it can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. 

• DID YOU KNOW? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirl of disposed plastics, chemical sludge and other debris in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii, is said to be twice the size of Texas.
 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

We can all make a difference in helping our environment. Through REDUCing, REUSing and RECYCLING, we can lower the amount of trash we gather and can help to stop it from moving from our homes straight into the ocean. And guess what, it can be tremendously fun! Take a look at what we've done this month to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE of Earth Day and beyond. 

MORE ABOUT EARTH DAY FROM EARTHDAY.ORG 

Earth Day launched the Green Cities campaign to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. The Green Cities campaign focuses on three key elements – buildings, energy, and transportation. The campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.

ENERGY

Most of the world currently relies on outdated electric generation structures that are extremely inefficient and dirty. To help cities become more sustainable, we need to redesign the current system, transition to renewable energy sources, and implement 21st century solutions.

GREEN BUILDINGS

Buildings account for nearly one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Through simple efficiency and design improvements to buildings we can reduce those emissions drastically. To realize that vision, cities need to update ordinances, switch to performance based building codes, and improve financing options.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, three quarters of which comes directly from road vehicles. To reduce these emissions and the resulting smog, we need to improve standards, increase public transportation options, invest in alternative transportation, and improve city walkability and bikeability.
 


 

WANT TO LEARN ABOUT EARTH DAY AND THE "GREEN CITIES" THEME? CLICK HERE >>

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