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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Pittsboro, Indiana, USA

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Pittsboro, Indiana, USA
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Jenayy913



Registered: December 2008
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Apprentice Ecologist Initiative
Scholarship Essay
Jeni



Save Our…Generation?


The environment: is the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time. Our environment affects us daily; it is strong yet fragile. It can withstand the chaos of day to day life, but the slightest thing can upset the balance. It is very important that we inflict no further harm on the environment than we already have. Throwing our trash onto the side of a road instead of finding the nearest trash receptacle is foolish. We are killing our habitat, making it ugly and harming the wildlife. What can the youth of today do to help? Are we doing anything?
In an effort to try to reverse the affects of pollution on the environment, a group of five or six friends and I planned on picking up trash on a highway near our community. The highway is surrounded by grass and cornfields, instead of the usual highway in the middle of a city which could be assumed to be surrounded by businesses and stores. The only businesses alongside this highway are a gas station, a little Subway shop, and a truck stop. The road is just off the interstate. Many people heading to the city get off the interstate and cut through our little country roads. It can be assumed that they might stop for gas and a bite to eat, and then carelessly dispose of their trash right alongside the road. It is essential that we keep this road tidy because it is the first impression that any passerby gets of our small town.
I told these five or six friends about my idea to pick up the garbage on that highway. At first they seemed very eager and exited, however, when it came to the appointed day, I got many calls and excuses telling me why none of my friends could show up. I was just about to give up until my parents told me that this was about the environment, and making a difference, rather than about my friends. When I went to dispose of the filth myself, I began to think about my generation.
This generation seems to be very focused on “going green” and is all for recycling and environmental protection. But how is it productive, when all our “resources” to help are just t-shirts proclaiming that we should recycle while we ourselves do not even do so? We say “save the trees”, but we sit on the couch. The youth of today need to change. Our generation needs to recognize and step up to the challenge of environmental protection and be willing to take it head on. If we do not do something now, our world will perish.
This is where programs like Apprentice Ecologist Initiative come into play. This program enables and motivates the youth of the present to take action and create innovative ideas to change our world.
After seeing all the trash and filth that pollutes my highway, I pondered solutions. Seeing as though there were not many outdoor trash receptacles, I gathered the simple thought. ‘What if we put more around? Then people would be more apt to use them.’ Another surfacing thought was the installation of signs that say “No littering under penalty of law Fine $500”, or something of that nature. If people would understand that littering is a crime that they can be punished for, then less people would have the inclination to do it.
When I looked at the highway that was previously covered in beer bottles and Subway bags, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of serenity. I had cleaned it, and it looked incredibly presentable. It’s a dream of mine that more people could feel that sense of accomplishment that I did, and then, perhaps, more people would be willing to volunteer for things. All this generation needs is a good kick, a push, anything to get us rolling uphill in the right direction. Then we, the youth of today, can have the environment we’ve been hoping for.
· Date: December 14, 2008 · Views: 3627 · File size: 24.5kb, 239.7kb · : 1125 x 1500 ·
Hours Volunteered: 7
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 14
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.8
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 25
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