We'll do ethnographic research and from the cultural characteristics of the population will implement programs, workshops and courses to help people get in a sustainable way economic and social resources to help improve their living conditions.
2 friends are working hard doing Environmental Education in the neighborhood and teaching to other kids how to change the way we relate to nature.
I am doing a wax museum to learn about Jane Goodall. The students in my school will be given some gloves and a bag to clean up. They will have a week to clean up as many streets as they can. Everyone is also encouraged to recycle if they are able to. Thank you for making our streets and our world a better place!
Map resources, launch stewardship projects, share accomplishments
Worcester's poor neighborhoods suffer disproportionate exposure to urban environmental health and social problems. We mainly work in the Main South and Piedmont neighborhoods, which have elevated exposure to health risks, particularly lead contamination. Soil contamination is an environmental justice issue, because it disproportionately impacts low-income communities of color in Worcester. According to the US census of 2010, 27% of individuals in the Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, where this community live, are below poverty level compare to 19% in the entire city. Older housing stock and the highway that cuts through the Main South neighborhood has also contributed to soil pollution by lead and other contaminants. As cities have far less green space than rural and suburban areas, it is of utter importance that what green space exists is suitable for use. We will educate, raise awareness, and take action with Worcester residents to reduce lead contamination in Main South and Piedmont area soils. We will do hands-on workshops that include soil sampling, interactive activities and distribution of Do-It-Yourself Lead Safe Yard Manuals. Specific action steps: --8 participatory workshops reaching 80 people, teaching them how to identify soil contaminants --12 youth trained as leaders in community environmental action --2 door-to-door outreach sessions alerting residents in high-risk areas of possible contamination, resources available and steps they can take to make safe yards --2 yards remediated --1 demonstration garden site --65 Do-It-Yourself Lead Safe Yard Manuals distributed
We helped the LAMP Optimist Club create, craft, and operate a fishing game to raise funds for the youth in our community. The game consists of plastic cups decorated as fish. Inside each cup are prizes. Children are allowed to play as long as they like after paying 50 cents and all children go away with smiles on their face because everyone gets a prize - a bottle of bubbles, stickers, a bouncy ball, a bracelet, animal erasers, etc.
We will be mapping community assets and community challenges. K-12 and adult learners will gather data and help build topical maps on water resources, wildlife, farm lands, food production, indigenous resource sites, food gleaning sites, and waste recycling / soil building.
The children who attend Family Fun Night, April 10, 2014 will each donate $1.00 to make a beaded pipe cleaner bracelet or kit for children in the hospital. Selected classrooms will be staffed with teachers to collect donations and hand out materials. Children and parents will put together the bracelets and kits. A school staff member will send out the total donation check and deliver the bracelets to the hospital.
Using the website openstreetmap.com students walked the community with GPS devices, note-pads and rough-sketch maps identifying all the roads, walkways and businesses. A group of students added this information onto the openstreetmap.com website.
A survey was designed that included questions about waste disposal habits, animal/pet care and number/age/gender of people living in households/compounds. This CORAL activity involved students working alongside MEI, conducting a door-to-door survey of our local community. The students, whilst collecting information, filmed interesting members of the local community as they spoke about their lives (as well as other cool things that they saw). The film footage was edited to make a collection of documentary style short-films.