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Earth Day is Everyday!!!

By: Hannah Lee, Kayla Blades, and Victoria DaSilva
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Hannah Lee

on 20 June 2014

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Transcript of Earth Day is Everyday!!!

Earth Day is Every Day!
OUr Goals
to do our part to reduce
POLLUTION
usin recycleable materials to help the organisms in environment
conserving the resources in our environment
Mission #1
All three of us decided to make bird houses together for our earth day project. This is a great way to help the Earth becasue we are providing a place for the birds to live and eat , when a lot of our human activities have destroyed their homes. Not only is it good for the environment, it is fun, and looks decorative in the yard. The biggest difference between our bird houses and regular bird houses is that we used cardboard instead of wood. We saw it like this: if we use used cardboard that we would normally throw away, we can save the wood and save a tree....because earth day is everyday! After we made the birdhouses, we filled them with bird food, so the birds wouldn't get hungry. Then, we each took one home and put it up in one of our trees. This was a great experience for all of us.

needed materials for preperation
Hot glue guns
wax-glue sticks
cardboard found around the house
x-acto cutter,
wild bird food
non-toxic paint
paint brushes
scissors
camera
a positive attitude!
MIssion #2
We also decided to plant a few plants in a garden and take care of them so that they can be a beautiful part of our environment. It was messy work, but in the end, it turned out to be a great addition to our yard. We planted basils, cucumbers, banana peppers, and some other herbs
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Hannah's thoughts
Before: My initial thought before starting this project was very enthusiastic because I thought it would be very exciting and fun to get together with my friends and work on this Earth Day project. It was a bit hectic with all the EOG preparation and other class hw, but we managed to find a time to work on our project.
Kayla's Thoughts
My friends and I decided to build bird houses out of cardboard that we found around the house. We made a list of everything we needed and divided it up by who had what. I provided about 6 large pieces of cardboard and an IPad to take pictures with. Hannah brought scissors, bird food and an exact-o- knife. We did the project at Victoria`s house and there she had a hot glue gun, non-toxic paint and paintbrushes. We also planted herbs in Hannah`s backyard (she had all the materials needed already at her house).
Victoria's thoughts
By: Hannah Lee (C3), Kayla Blades (C3), Victoria DaSilva (C2)
During: It was honestly a little bit stressful at the beginning of building our birdhouses especially, because of the style and structure of birdhouses varied so much. We didn't really know where to start, so we started off planning and cutting out the cardboard. I think that as time progressed, we became much more comfortable doing this, so we finished constructing the birdhouses earlier than we'd expected. We had fun while making the birdhouses and planting the plants in the garden. I felt like it was a very new style of working together and that helped me learn more about how much the Earth needs help. When we were finished, we were satisfied with our birdhouses and filled it up with bird food. However, the plants that we planted were planted behind my house, so my family waters the garden daily.
After: I felt like I had really done something significant those two days to make the Earth a cleaner and friendly place. Even though our missions were small, I realized that if we did this at a large scale, then it could really make a difference on this Earth. Whenever I see the litter on the ground, I pick it up and throw it away in the trashcan because Earth Day is Everyday!!!
I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge during this project because it has helped me see the different perspectives of my peers and form the perspective of nature! I noticed that there needs to be a certain awareness world-wide in order to make a noticable change in the Earth.
Pictures of us working together!
Did you know???
In loss of migrant bird populations, close to 40% is directly linked to habitat destruction. (http://www.nhptv.org/wild/habitat.asp)
Habitat destruction from human activity is the primary cause of 83% of endangered plant species. (http://www.nhptv.org/wild/habitat.asp)
Seven countries in the world are responsible for around 60 percent of the total deforestation on the planet. (ww.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/deforestation-statistics/#.U6NJ3S-KThE)
Forests only cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area. (http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/)
Each year about 13 million hectares of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation. (http://www.rainforestmaker.org/lawyer-attorney-1944121.html)
Before: The first day we were introduced to this project, I wasn't really excited for it. I just expected it to be another boring project that I would just have to put on my to-do list. I went and found 2 partners, and together, we started planning. After a week, we had gathered up cardboard, and we met at my house to make the birdhouses. As the pre-project week went by, I started changing my view on it and began to get a little excited because I figured it would be fun to hang out with my friends. In the end, I was completely wrong.

During: I was wrong because, it ended up being one of the funnest projects I have ever done! Usually, when we get assigned a project, our teacher has us do it in class, and it’s never really "hands on". In this project, it had loose directions, so we could be very creative with it, and also do it in our own free time. The way this project was organized created a stress-free environment for me and my partners. It was great to be able to do this project on my own time, and I really enjoyed the “hands on” activity. Not only does this Earth day project raise awareness, but when I actually got into the “hands on” part, I started realizing how important this was. Yes, I had known this was a problem in our world, but it’s only until I started the project that the fact that we must do something to stop it processed. Thanks for the great opportunity. 

After: Wow! What a great experience. I am so glad we did this project, because I learned so much. I saw how important this topic was, and I am now determined to make a difference. Even though I know a small act won’t solve this, a world-wide change will! I hope we can someday get there.

In this project, me and my partners had created an organized plan. The week before we would actually did the project, we met up, and decided who would bring which materials.
Kayla: She went to the grocery store, and picked up 6 pieces of big cardboard sheets.
Hannah: She brought a glue gun, glue sticks for the gun, her phone to take pictures, x-acto knife, and the bird food.
Victoria: I provided my house (we worked in my garage), scissors, another glue gun, paint, brushes, and I also collected a bunch of cardboard.
After planning, we all met up at my house, where we built the birdhouses. This process took about 3-4 hours. We had lots of fun building, gluing, panting, and hanging up the houses.
The next weekend, we went to Hannah’s house and planted some herbs.
Once we had finished the “hands on” part, we got together and reflected on our work. We all agreed that it was a fun experience, and we now see how truly important Earth day is. We need more people to take action, so a solution can be made. Because Earth Day is Every Day!


This is a very important project since it reaches out the understanding that our world is in a crisis. Pollution, mostly coming from our human activities, is harming the Earth and the organisms living in it. This isn't just a hazard for animals and plants, it's a hazard for humans too!Earth is our only home, so we must take care of it. After completing this activity, I truly understand how important it is for us to do something. I will never litter agian in my life, and i will try to take this influence to others aswell.
Overall, just our project wouldn’t have really changed the situation. But, we got the whole 8-4 team to do something to help, which has raised awareness. And the more people who know the importance, the more successful we will be in making a difference. If we hadn’t done this project, we wouldn’t have learned about how huge this problem is and we wouldn’t have cared much enough to take action. Now that we know about it, we can tell others, and the process will keep going. At one point, everyone will know, and it will reach high success in a solution.
In the future, I would change our time limit. This project was a very big, important activity, and I think we needed more time to plan, so we could be more successful. Also, I would’ve researched more information on the certain thing we would be doing. I would research because when we did our project, we didn’t really have prior knowledge. With more information, our product would’ve turned out better.

Supporting facts and statistics :
*How is human activity polluting? Primarily by two actions: Burning fossil fuels, with a smaller contribution from clear cutting forests, known as deforestation. (http://www.edf.org/climate/human-activity-is-causing-global-warming)
* Humans are responsible for several types of pollution; air, land, water, noise and light pollution. - See more at: http://pollutionfacts.org/content/pollution-caused-human-activity#sthash.tkSLc6KU.dpuf
*14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.(https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-pollution)
*The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-pollution)
*Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.(https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-pollution)
*Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-pollution)
Our project was very important because cardboard takes about 2 months to decompose. So we used that two month span too help the environment by giving birds a home, before the cardboard decomposed back into the soil.
Helpful Facts: Cardboard requires 64% less energy than making goods out of recycled cardboard. You can save 17 trees by recycling one piece of cardboard. 84% of all household waste can be recycled and prevent further loss of trees. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.

http://www.planetpals.com/fastfacts.html
http://behealthyandrelax.com/2007/11/how-long-does-it-take-to-decompose/
https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-earth-day
Before we started this project I was excited because it was a hands-on and out of school project. We had the responsibility of planning and doing the whole project by ourselves, without any adult or teacher guiding and influencing our project. I also like that it was hands on unlike any other projects we did it didn’t just help us learn it helped the earth to stay healthy. During the project was fun we were laughing and playing music while we were making a difference in the world. We had so much fun it felt like we just started when the project was already finished. After the project we could step back and look at the effect our project it had on the environment. It was a small affect but at least it helped some organisms be happy and healthy. I will be more conscience when I do something that could harm the environment or see someone else harming the environment. I will try to inform people about the dangers of pollution and how it will affect their life. I understand the danger of pollution and why we need to act quickly to save the environment. In the future I will try to do this project again but to a bigger scale and try to get more people involved.
During the project was fun we were laughing and playing music while we were making a difference in the world. We had so much fun it felt like we just started when the project was already finished. After the project we could step back and look at the effect our project it had on the environment. It was a small affect but at least it helped some organisms be happy and healthy. I will be more conscience when I do something that could harm the environment or see someone else harming the environment. I will try to inform people about the dangers of pollution and how it will affect their life. I understand the danger of pollution and why we need to act quickly to save the environment.
In the future I will try to do this project again but to a bigger scale and try to get more people involved!
Part of Hannah's Testimony:
Our project was essential and important in terms of making "Earth Day Everyday", because we used materials that were "organic" and will become part of the Earth once again in a short period of time. This project gives living creatures, especially squirrels and birds to have a home and to eat without worrying. When we were planting the herbs and such, we are creating a small but beautiful garden that benefits the environment.
The End :)
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