[GRRN] Can You Talk Recycling to Teens?

Bill Sheehan (zerowaste@grrn.org)
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 11:26:41 -0500

I received a request from a writer doing a piece on the environment for Earth
Day for a magazine widely distributed to teenagers in high schools across the
United States. She is asking for help in explaining the state of recycling
and in motivating kids to get involved.

Anyone care to weigh in? She wants some ideas to take to her editor right

First I'd like to ask you some factual questions about
the state of the environment. If you could keep you answers simple and
in layman's terms, that would be best for our audience. Then, I'd like
to ask you for some tips for what teens can do.

1. Why is it important to recycle? What problems have been caused by people

2. What percentage of recyclable materials are actually recycled? What
will happen if we continue at that rate?

3. How can you tell if something can be recycled?

4. What other environmental issues are grassrroots activists concerned about?

5. How can teens become more educated "green" consumers?

6. Can teens write to companies or legislators stating their opinions?
Specifically, where should they write?

7. How can teens start a recycling center?

If you could get back to me today, I'd so appreciate it.