Which sustainability component will your lesson focus on?
The sustainability component that will be focused on will be reducing waste and reusing waste such as fruit and vegetable waste.
What related problem/issue will you present?
The issue we will introduce is the amount of waste that is in landfills. We want children to become involved in making vermicomposting bins and reducing the waste in our landfills.
What supporting facts characterize the problem?
The United States as a whole throws away 210 million tons of trash a year, this is equivalent to 35 elephants. Out of the 210 million tons of trash, only about 27% or 9 elephants are being "saved", recycled, or used again.
What solution will you offer?
The solution we offer is to create a vermicomposting bin where worms compost food waste and produce worm tea that can be used as a sort of fertilizer. Fruit, vegetable, and basically any type of plant waste can be put in a vermicomposting bin. With the plant waste going in the bins and not landfills we are hoping that a large portion of our landfills will decrease. Children can have vermicomposting bins at home because they are easy to take care of and do not require a lot of attention. All that is required is: 2 bins (such as a rubbermaid bin), a drill (to put holes in the bins so that the worm tea can accumulate and the worms can breath), soil, a handful of worms, plant scraps, and wet newspaper (to help keep the worms moist and prevent fruit flies from accumulating in the bin).
What action or actions do you want people to take as a result of your lesson?
We want people to create vermicomposting bins at their homes and use them as a part of their daily lives so that the plant waste does not accumulate in our landfills. Vermicomposting will prove to be a sustainable way to get rid of our plant waste. We can use the worm tea on our plants to get vibrant colors and happy plants.
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