- Organize activities in your child's school for World Wide Water Monitoring Day. From now until October 18, this global educational and outreach program brings together people all over the world to monitor the quality of their local watersheds and add their data to a worldwide database. This information helps protect the world's water supply by monitoring the health of our streams, lakes, coastal waters, and estuaries. Check out their site: http://www.monitorwater.org/.
- Encourage your K-12 student to enter the EPA-sponsored President's Environmental Youth Awards. On the website, http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award , there is all the information you need to submit your environmental project for regional prizes and a national award. In the past, projects have won recognition at the national level in the areas of school and community recycling, tree planting, renewable energy and habitat restoration.
- Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private organizations, the Envirothon is an annual event where teams of high school students demonstrate their knowledge and ingenuity in the largest environmental education competition in North America. Every year, 500,000 people from 4,000 public and private high schools participate. According to the website, the “competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.” Want to know more? Visit their site at: http://www.envirothon.org/ .
- For college students, there are fellowships offered with the National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS). Designed to encourage college students to pursue environmental careers, this fellowship provides the student research and training experience at both the pre-and-post graduate levels.
- EPA has free publications for educators on various environmental subjects including lesson plans, teacher guides and online resources for educators. Check it out at: http://www2.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-resources-educators This site has resources for K-12 learners with activity guides, tool kits, coloring books, curriculum guides and virtual activities on environmental topics like alternative transportation, noise pollution, acid rain and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our carbon footprint and more.
It is up to us to educate young people about matters of sustainability. In the most general terms, sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We depend completely on nature for our survival—for food, air, clean water and land—and have been coming to the realization that we must act now to minimize any more environmental damage and repair the harm we have already caused. Undoing old habits can take time, however, every little bit helps and the more we know the more choices we have to make healthy decisions for ourselves and the future. Check out these ways to support sustainable behavior in our young people:
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