All Action Guides
You’re familiar with the three “R”s: reduce, reuse, recycle. When it comes to items we toss, it’s time to add another solution: rethink. Kids, teens, and adults around the world are coming up with innovative ideas and approaches to the age old problem of waste. In this guide, you will meet some “rethinkers and explore ways you can help trash stay gone, permanently. You might even cut down on how much stuff you use in the first place.
Our everyday actions add up. A plastic bag left behind after a picnic, plastic bottles strewn on the beach. Trash and litter accumulates in places that cause BIG problems for all of us by affecting our waters. We all know, “If you make a mess, clean it up.” The Water Planet Challenge: CleanUP is asking you to do just that. Help clean up our collective mess that ultimately affects our oceans and waterways. This guide describes the steps to take that makes a CleanUP lively, impactful, and more fun than you can imagine!
Out the Spout
Drinking where you live, even on the go, is an important way to protect water resources in parts of the world where they are threatened, and to protect yourself from potentially harmful chemicals. Worried that there might be more coming out of your spout than water? Bottled water is not the answer. Use this Action Guide to learn why filtered tap water is always best, and how you can become part of the Anti-Bottle movement that is helping people kick their plastic water bottle habit while raising money for water projects in your own backyard.
Down the Drain
Did you realize that everything you send down the drain—including things that you wash off your body or that first pass through your body—can end up back in local waterways, the ocean, and even the water supply? Use the tools in this Action Guide to investigate what is going down your drain, and to develop and implement a plan to defend your drain (and others) from toxins.
Know Your Flow
Everything about you and your daily life requires water, from the clothes you wear, to the food you eat, to how you're powered. Get to know your flow by conducting a water efficiency audit at your school, and discover how you can Reduce, Recycle and Re-think your water use with the help of this Action Guide.
You Have the Power
Want to help curb the use of fossil fuels and the process of ocean acidification? Saving energy is an answer. This Action Guide will walk you through the process of conducting an energy audit and then creating, implementing and documenting an energy conservation plan. Get started right away, because when it comes to saving energy at school or at home, you have the power!
What’s On Your Fork
You may have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But did you ever stop to consider the ways in which the world is what we eat? Food and water are inextricably connected, and common daily food choices may impact water in ways that surprise you. Thinking carefully about what we eat allows us to make daily, substantial contributions to our entire society. Learn more as you implement a MEATLESS MONDAY campaign to provide the option for eating plant-based foods one day a week at school, at home, and throughout your the community. Go ahead—take a bite!