I Practice Environmental Literacies, What's Your Superpower?
The Environmental Literacy Council defines environmental literacies as, "understanding and appreciating the natural world and our place in it" (1). In understanding and appreciating comes recycling, conserving, reusing and awareness. The environment is all around us and provides life thus, proving to be extremely crucial to humanity. Therefore, I practice environmental literacies to service the earth sustainably.
It is so important to practice environmental literacies in order to aid in healing the earth from pollution. Recycle Across America says, "Americans alone throw away 2.5 million plastic water bottles an hour" (1). I practice environmental literacies by recycling one 13-gallon garbage bags full of approximately 50 plastic water bottles a month. That's about 600 plastic water bottles a year that are recycled. By doing this, I promote renewable energy, lesser fossil fuels being put into our air from material production, and less ground pollution.
Sustainabillity in my Semi-Rural Community
My semi-rural community helps to service the earth sustainably by providing services and essentials needed for recycling, conservation, and awareness. My semi-rural community gives access to multiple recycling bins in each city that are free and easy to use for everybody. Such bins recycle glass, paper, plastic, metal, electronics and much more. My community helps me be environmentally literate by providing these useful services and encouraging the process of conservation and preservation.
My semi-rural community is starting to gain more environmental awareness. The McNary Wildlife Refuge in Burbank, WA has shown multiple efforts in servicing the earth sustainably. They actively recycle, protect wildlife and native species, and preserve important land for habitats. One of their beneficial projects is prescription burning. This is when the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service deliberately burns certain areas of land for control of vegetation and to support new growth.
Establishing Environmental Literacies
Environmental literacies are slowly being recognized among schools. Columbia Basin College is starting a program called " A Greener CBC" to promote sustainability by recycling mixed paper, glass, plastic, and aluminium cans. However, environmental literacies need to be included in curriculum. The best way to enact change is to invest in the environmental education and literacies of our future generations. Teaching environmental literacies to primary and secondary education levels about recycling, conservation, and awareness will establish environmentally healthy habits and decisions. This will create an aware mindset among all thus, people will start thinking twice about littering and polluting natural wildlife.