The best part of my job is the time I get to spend with students at local schools. If you think today's kids don't care about anything but their cell phone text messages and MP3 players, you are wrong.
They are willing to sort paper to recycle it and do many other green activities. I am convinced that we just might be able to save this planet, or these kids will. Every week it seems I learn something new from our area students. After talking to some Main Street School students in Norwalk, here are some amazing things I learned from them and their science classes:
We are Still polluting our waterways. New York City alone dumps 5 million gallons of sewage sludge into the ocean each week.
More than 100 oil spills happen each year.
Oil spills are caused 80 percent by human error, 10 percent by terrorist acts and 10 percent by lightning.
That if you use a lunch box your sandwich and cookies won't get squashed and it saves all those lunch bags (100 a year). Jimmy Neutron was one popular model.
In the United States, we generate one ton of trash per person per year.
That most of the students don't understand why more people on their street don't recycle. They said "it's free," "they come to your house and get it," and "it's good for the earth," as reasons to recycle in Norwalk.
Students don't think throwing wrappers and "stuff" on the school grounds is cool. They said they would speak up or pick up the litter themselves.
That they think it's cool that Norwalk is the "Maple City," they love the trees, especially the ones on the front lawn of Main Street School.
Pam Hansberger is the assistant coordinator for the Huron County Solid Waste Management District. Her column runs every other Wednesday. For more information on local recycling and waste reduction programs, call (419) 663-8059.