Kids and Sports and the Environment
Hi guys, do you all know that we have a big job to do?
No. What's this big job?
To save the earth through sport and the environment.
But isn't that a job for adults?
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It is a job for all of us. When the adults are dead and gone it is we who will inherit the earth, so we have to play our part to save it now.
That's true, but what can we do?
Oh, lots of thing, lots of things.
Just go through this brochure and you will see.
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We all like sport and we all live in homes. Let us therefore begin with what we can do at home to help save the earth:
- Turn off the lights and TV when you are not in the room. The oil that powers our electricity are harmful to the environment and wildlife. The less we use, the more we help.
- Don't leave water running. For example, turn off water while brushing your teeth. By wasting less water we leave more water for humans, wildlife, plants and trees.
- Instead of dumping old t-shirts we can use them as rags for cleaning, dusting or wiping up spills.
- Any unwanted clothes or toys we have we can ask our parents to give them away. If you don't know anyone in need, give them to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross.
- Ask your parents to save peelings from fruits vegetables for a compost pile (you will learn how to make a compost in another brochure in this series).
- Make a habit of re-using items that can be re-used, such as cans and bottles.
- Now that we have looked at what we can do in the home, how about what to do when shopping. You go shopping with your parents, don't you?
- Ask your parents to buy organically grown foods. These are foods grown from using natural fertilizer (for example animal dung) or compost. Organic foods are also not sprayed with chemicals that damage the environment
- Encourage your parents to buy more fruits and vegetables and less meat. Meat causes more pollution and it destroys habitat (the natural home of an animal or plant)
- Ask your parents to buy paper products rather than plastics, and they should avoid buying styrofoam, which cannot be re-cycled and does not break down in the environment
- Ask your parents not to buy products that are dangerous to the environment. These include aerosol (pressurized cans from which a substance can be dispensed as a fine spray). They hurt the ozone layer, which protects us and the earth from the sun's harmful rays
Our next stop is the at school
- Walk with your lunch in a lunch kit and re-usable containers, instead of using disposables (containers that you throw away).
- Ask your teacher to keep a refuse bin in your classroom and in all playing areas and encourage your classmates to use it.
- You can also help to organize clean- up campaigns at your school and in the playing areas.
- Be an example for your classmates by keeping everything around you clean.
- The NOA is ready to move on; are you? Our next stop is getting around
- When traveling short distances (a mile or less) walk or jog. Walking and jogging together with your family and friends is great fun. You will also find cycling to be great fun as well.
- You can encourage your parents to buy smaller vehicles which burn less fuel.
- Remind your parents to take the car for regular servicing; a good working engine also uses less fuel
- Ask your parents to keep a trash bag in the car so you won't litter
Ok guys, lets go.
WE ARE GOING TO SAVE THE EARTH
SVG National Olympic Committee
P.O. Box 1644, Kingstown Park
Tel. 784 457 2970 _ Fax: 784 485 6412