Registered: December 2007
City/Town/Province: Green Bay
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I first wanted to make an environmental difference last summer, but wasn’t sure how to accomplish it. I knew that I wanted to make a big difference in the community, and decided the best way to accomplish this was to start an Eco Club at my school. To start this club, I had to first talk to administration, find an advisor, and fill out forms detailing what we intended to accomplish. Then I had to find students that would be interested in joining our group. We currently have thirty members and have the whole schools support. I also organized a trash clean up day at a local park, and managed to pick up several bags full of trash. Besides just this activity, I also started a recycling campaign for plastic bottles. We collected enough cardboard boxes to have one in each classroom and four in the lunchrooms. We also posted signs around the school encouraging everyone to recycle their plastic bottles. After school, we would spend a half hour collecting all the bottles. This activity also had its problems. The lunch ladies were concerned with the boxes that we set out, and wanted us to get rid of them. Because of their concern, we have affected the community. The community is now providing permanent containers for our lunchrooms and our issue is being heard. Besides just putting boxes in each of these rooms, we also intend to use the bottles collected from this campaign to make a sculpture. This project will be a visual aid to show how many bottles are thrown into a landfill every 15 seconds. If people can see the vast amount this is, rather than just hearing a number, they will be more inclined to recycle and make a difference. I am proud to say that I have made an environmental difference at my school and in my community. I hope that this club continues once I leave for college and continues to make an impact.