It's never too soon to start sharing what you've learned with
other people. Here are some great ideas for not only learning about
local environmental issues, but also getting the word out.
If you like working with kids
- Research a local environmental topic.
- Use the information you learn to create a series of activities
that teachers in your school district can use with their
- Survey the participating teachers and students before and after
the activities to determine whether they were effective.
If you like surfing the web
- Create a website where other teens, younger students, or people
of all ages can find useful information about conservation.
- Get sponsors who are “earth-friendly” to support your
- Advertise your website.
If what you really want to do is direct
- Create and organize a theatre production with an environmental
- Present the production to a school, local nursing home,
religious congregation, etc.
If you like to see it on paper
- Research the connection between paper production, recycling,
- Set up paper recycling stations with clear instructions for
what is acceptable.
- Use the collected paper to make your own recycled paper (it’s
not that hard!).
- Package the paper in attractive packets with information on
- Donate the paper to a local organization, nursing home,
homeless shelter, etc. or sell the paper and donate the funds to an
If you’re a good listener
- Survey or interview community members about their attitudes and
behaviors toward an environmental issue such as endangered species
protection, recycling, composting, etc.
- Compile and analyze data by creating visual aids such as charts
- Prepare individual reports for participants or present data to
appropriate school officials, local authorities, or community
If you want to be a green Citizen Kane
- Create an intergenerational, school based, or community
newsletter every month, two months, season, etc.
- Research breaking news in conservation, conduct interviews,
cover local events and meetings, and more.
If you’re into energy
- Research the connection between energy use and
- Calculate the energy used to provide lighting, heat, etc. in
your school and determine the possibility of replacing bulbs,
fixtures, etc. with more efficient, cost-effective units.
- Conduct a transportation survey, calculate CO2 emissions, and
distribute the data along with travel tips to parents and
If you’re a social butterfly
- Organize an environmental day for other teens (e.g. a series of
workshops given by scientists, naturalists, teachers, etc. to
discuss local environmental issues, conservation careers,
- Start a letter-writing campaign at your school, community
center, or at a fair or event. Provide important statistics and
facts, sentence prompts, and addressed envelopes or postcards for
people to quickly and effectively write to officials about the
- Start a youth club at your school or through a
If you love vacation days
- Gather information on community members’ recent or planned
- Research activities or imported sale items that are destructive
to the native environment.
- Present ecotourism findings to travel agencies, travelers,
Want to look at some others?
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