In December, Time magazine ran an article on children's...


January 19, 1991|By John Javna | John Javna,The EarthWorks Group

In December, Time magazine ran an article on children's response to Earth Day. Their conclusion is: Kids took it to heart.

This is a bit of good news I can verify. I get about 10 letters a day from children who live all over the United States. Some want to know what they can do to help protect the planet; others want to share the things they're already doing. It's a privilege and a pleasure to read them. I thought I'd pass on a few kids' comments. All were received on Jan. 2, the first mail of the new year.

Dear EarthWorks: For a Christmas present this year, I gave my family recycling centers. I found boxes at a liquor store and cheap but pretty wrapping paper at another store. Then I wrapped each box and labeled it with Plastic, Glass, Newspaper and so on. Each family got a group of five boxes and some information I found in Earth books. This present was not only inexpensive, but it started all these people recycling! I have even offered to pick up the contents twice a month and deliver them myself to our local recycling center! It made me feel really good to know that I had helped encourage someone to help clean up our little Earth and made it possible for them to do so. Hopefully now they will spread their excitement and interest in recycling to others!

) --Mollie C., Camden, S.C.

Dear EarthWorks: I am part of an environmental club at school. One idea we're thinking of trying is making volleyball nets for summer camps out of six-pack rings. You tie together the rings with cloth (not with garbage bag ties). The nets are easy to make and are easy to repair.

--Megan M., Lake Carmel, N.Y.

Here's a thought: Try reading these letters with your own kids, and come up with a few Earth-saving projects you can do together. It's a good way to spend some time and keep the message of Earth Day alive for the next generation.

$ The EarthWorks Group

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