ACTIVATE INITIATIVE #4 for All Ages:
BE A CIVIC LEADER for PLASTIC POLLUTION WITH THESE LETTER & ACTION TOOLS.
Addyson wants to inspire you to learn more about how laws, leadership & lifestyle can help the plastic pollution crisis. These tools & suggestions will help you participate as you grow into your stewardship responsibilities! Addyson asks you to REFUSE the top 5 sources of single use plastic on your campus and at home: bags, straws, WATER BOTTLES and to-go containers & cups.
Addy invites mentors to share & discuss this LA Times article by Annie Leonard & Martin Bourque: Berkley Isn't Just Attacking Plastic Waste, It's Rejecting Our Entire Throw Away Culture. Have a conversation with your young steward(s) about the impact of policy and how adult choices are heard through voting. Use Addyson's letter & script tools to help young stewards share their voices & thoughts with leaders! Addy asks adult helpers to consider taking their young steward(s) to visit local city or state leaders office's. They can even share their thoughts on plastic pollution while there, then use letters to follow up!
ACTIVATE USING THESE STEWARDSHIP TOOLS
USE Addy's "CHANGE IT UP" Letter Tool to CONNECT with your LOCAL and STATE LEADERSHIP on Plastic Pollution Policies that can change our world! Adult Mentors can help young stewards look up laws and current events related to the plastic pollution crisis. Then use this letter tool to offer support or thoughts!
Be A CIVIC LEADER when you USE Addy's TOOLS to ENGAGE YOUR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Addy's PLEDGE to go Plastic free SPEECH TOOL to leadership can help you approach your principal, PTA and student leadership to enact a PLASTIC FREE PLEDGE on your school campus. A Waste Management VIDEO TOOL that can help your effort: Waste Sorting in Palo Alto Schools. Addyson recommends utilizing the Plastic Pollution Coalition's Plastic Free Schools GUIDE to join the community of schools who are enacting Plastic Free programs on their campus.
Water bottle waste can be greatly reduced when schools, business', airports and municipal buildings install easy access, public water bottle REFILL STATIONS. Use Addy's Change it Up LETTER TOOL to reach out to your local leaders to request that clean water bottle refill stations be installed in your school & community!
For high school level stewards & their educator mentors, we suggest the opportunity to read and discuss the 5 Gyres B.A.N. List 2.0: Are BioPlastics The Answer, An Overview (page 9-31). Then offer your students the opportunity to think about solutions and consider sharing these ideas with leaders. The solutions are not yet established and we all need to work together to find & activate them! You might also offer the opportunity to write letters to leaders that prompt them to support consistent labeling on all products and packaging using industrial standards and more "truth in advertising".
Become a civic leader in your community by following the step by step Plastic Pollution Coalition Guides to banning plastic bags & expanded polystyrene foam from use in your community!
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