Among the most pressing environmental issues, pollution and household waste are on the top list. Though e-waste comprises ~2% of America's trash in landfills, it constitutes for 70% of overall toxic waste, which makes it an extremely significant environmental and health problem. When we conducted a survey with 1200+ participants, 80% did not know that e-waste is such a hazard.
Environmental protection is about awareness and action. To educate others about environmental issues, and to take actions to protect our environment.
"My Planet, My Responsibility", we would like to appeal to each individual, youth and adult alike, to take personal responsibility with our planet and initiate a chain reaction, small act, i.e. turning off the light or using less water or doing organized projects i.e. collecting and refurbishing computers for less fortunate children.
1. Education about electronics waste through online and onsite seminars and you tube videos.
2. Education about renewable energy, waste management, and pollution.
3. Collecting and recycling various items routinely, including used clothes, household items, and electronics.
Lego recycling to help needed children:
In the modern American household, kids spend many hours a week playing with legos, whether it's creating a shapeless blob or constructing a complex battleship. Legos are easily accessible in our nearby Walmarts and Shop Rites, and it's difficult to come across one teenager in the neighborhood who did not touch legos growing up. However, the same cannot be said for children in third-world countries, growing up in communities of poverty with parents earning low salaries. I have personally met many kids who have expressed their interest in legos but do not have the both the money or the means to buy these American toys. Therefore, the Legos recycling project will collect used legos from teenagers in order to donate them to kids in other countries. As the lego-crazed millenial generation continues to transition into adulthood, many lego sets can be acquired and delivered to children in need to put a smile on their face. -- Calvin Wang, New Jersey
World Environment Day (WED) (June 5th):
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
World Environment Day Events:
1) Technical posters and art works on environmental related topics. Students at all age are welcome to bring their science and art works to the event.
2) Electronics recycling - please bring in your old computers, cell phones, iPod, eReaders, other electronics to the event for recycling or donation. Our experienced volunteers will handle your electronics properly to ensure your data security. Students volunteer will provide recycling training and refurbishing workshop. Tax deductible receipt will be provided for usable electronics.
3) Battery recycling – we provide opportunity to recycle rechargeable or single-use batteries.
4) Used-book exchange or donation - please bring in your used books to exchange or children’s books to donate for children in need.