Current Efforts: Observe What Others are Doing to Help
After you learn about the problem of waste and how it impacts everyone, check out current efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment. To get you started, below are some examples of videos, posters, websites, inventions, public messages, and community events and educational programs.
Inventions: Then And Now
Early Bronze Age Scottish farmers spread “compost” heaps containing manure, vegetable waste, ash, and other organic matter before sowing their plots.
Japan is the first recorded country to reuse paper. Used documents and paper were re-pulped into new, recycled paper.
Aristotle and other intellectuals in ancient Greece discovered that sea water could be distilled and filtered to obtain drinking water.
In 1839, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect, which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight.
In the early 19th century, Scottish inventor Robert Anderson developed the first electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.
The Next Big Idea
Between now and May 1, 2017, we need you and your team to invent a new product (or improve an existing product) to help reduce waste.
REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE
Almost everything we use on a daily basis can be reused, reduced, and/or recycled. This campaign reminds us to do just that.
In the 19th century, author Henry David Thoreau wrote about living a “green” life in The Maine Woods in his call for conservation, forest preservation, and respect for nature. Today, the Go Green message reminds everyone to be environmentally conscious.
CHANGE A LIGHT, CHANGE THE WORLD
This national call-to-action encourages individuals and organizations to help save energy and protect the environment through energy-efficient lighting.
THE GREATEST WONDER OF THE SEA IS THAT IT’S STILL ALIVE
This Greenpeace message communicates that the environment affects our daily lives more than people think.
JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN HELPING TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
This message encourages motel and hotel guests to re-use their towels.
MAKE EVERYDAY EARTH DAY
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in more than 193 countries around the world. The Make Everyday Earth Day message reminds us to protect our planet throughout the year.
Community Events & Educational Programs
FOOD: TOO GOOD TO WASTE (FTGTW)
The EPA’s FTGTW program consists of an implementation guide and toolkit that aim to reduce wasteful household food management practices. The guide teaches local governments and community organizations how to implement a Food: Too Good to Waste campaign in their community using the toolkit.
SEIZE THE GRID
Through the Sierra Club’s Seize The Grid Campaign, young people across the country will create the demand and the vision for local clean energy opportunities that work for their campuses, their communities, and their states.
GO GREEN INITIATIVE
This initiative is all about helping schools create a campus-wide culture of conservation.
WORLD BANK YOUTH SUMMIT
The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Office of United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, established this summit to empower youth to promote their ideas on the environment.
Youth are engaged as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.
COMMUNITY RECYCLING DAY
Community recycling/collection programs help keep waste out of landfills and provide residents, businesses, and other community members an opportunity to safely and responsibly recycle waste that may be difficult to dispose of through regular trash collection.