This assignment enables students to understand their personal contribution to the environment by having them record all of their energy consumption and carry around their trash for an entire day. It doesn't sound like a lot, but for students who are constantly on the go, their trash really weighs them down.
Part A: Record all consumption of food (what food), water, electricity, all materials (plastics, etc).
Part B: Collect all of your Trash for 24 hours—haul it around in a bag with you (to the extent possible, but make sure you have a way to save or collect your waste wherever you go. Take photos of your trash collection and get them printed out and use for a cover sheet for this assignment project. If possible, take photos of the contents of your bag of garbage (24 hour waste production). Don’t just take a photo of a bag of trash or you will not get anything out of this assignment.
Part C: Write 1 page reflection of your consumption experiences and impact.
Part D: What Can I do to help the environment and live more sustainably?
http://earthtrends.wri.org/updates/node/111 Develop a 1 page detailed personal plan to reduce your ecological footprint.
By Michelle Beadle and Amber Nelson