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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Registered: October 2011
City/Town/Province: Knoxville
Posts: 1
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Social networking sites are the new centers of civilizations. The interactive website named
Facebook has more than 800 million active users to log on almost everyday. This makes it a vulnerable site not only for teenagers, college students, and basically everyone with typing abilities, but for many advertisements. Advertisements for the betterment of society placed on Facebook is a wise step in creating a better community.
My plan was simple. Spread the word of a home recycling program through "The world's third largest country." One simple status update can reach up to 500 people which makes it the perfect carrier of information.The Knoxville curbside recycling program has used the media to grasp the attention of many residents but I believe it is important to go one step further. One change in my daily life was the start of the motivation to change other's lives. Like the late Rachel Scott once said, "If one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same." Our environment deserves compassion and that starts with a growing and less destructive society.
Upon entering a local mall, smiles of comfort approached my family and I with opportunities to recycle at home. The steps to earn this free recoiling was easy. First, one had to sign up. The registration was a simple one that required a paper and pencil. When this was completed, a few small bins to place in the home are given right away. Weeks after registration, a large recycle bin is sent to the curb side of recyclers. The first free pickup day was October 3rd. The sorting of materials isn't required, it is done for you complimentary after pickup! Why would anyone decline this opportunity? Lack of care for the environment and ignorance are the most common reasons. This is why I pushed the issue.
It wasn't just a few Facebook and Twitter post. With almost 2,000 Facebook friends, I knew the situation had potential to grow into something even greater. As a resident of the low income side and worse reputation side of town, making a difference in the way we handle waste also means making a change in attitudes. The inhabitants of my neighborhood have gone from throwing trash in the streets to taking eligible items and recycling them. You can now drive around and find recycle bins throughout the neighborhood. You can now see city trucks coming to the neighborhoods for a good cause: to pickup renewable items. We have went from strictly "city police pickup" to the elite city recycling pickup/ What an upgrade!
Teenagers of this generation most commonly post their daily lives on the sites of Myspace, Twitter, or Facebook. Raising awareness of an amazing new recycle program created in Knoxville,TN was a small part to a big success. One person with a Facebook account cannot take all the credit, but integrity goes a long way. It was an automatic response to support the program. Many people play different parts in helping the environment and this is one way in which I do so.
Date: October 8, 2011 Views: 2510 File size: 13.3kb, 641.4kb : 1280 x 800
Hours Volunteered: 5
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
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