Hi! It's Olivia from Show Me Adventure Kids! I'm here at the Saint Louis Zoo visiting the sea lions to talk about recycling. All the Show Me Adventure Kids want to help make Missouri — wait, our entire country — a cleaner place. That's why we've taken the pledge for America Recycles Day to be better recycling partners. At my house, we're recycling aluminum cans and bottles, but we're thinking of new things to recycle this month.
So why am I at the sea lion pool at the zoo?
Because I need to talk to you about plastic bags and how so many of these wind up in our oceans. It's like a floating trash dump out there, people! Other plastic waste, like bottles and cup lids, can get dumped into our oceans. When marine animals, including these wonderful sea lions, eat bits of plastic in the wild, they choke and die. Or the toxic chemicals in the plastic slowly poisons the animals. Sometimes, plastic rings, you know, what holds soda cans together on shelves, can get tied around a turtle's flippers or neck.
I don't know about you, but I love animals too much to see this happen, and we can do something to stop it!
1. Make a pledge to recycle plastic waste, including bags, for #AmericaRecyclesDay. A pledge is a promise to do something, and the planet needs your help! Ask your parents to use paper bags or take the plastic ones to a recycling center; sometimes, the grocery store will have a recycling bin. Buy reusable shopping bags for the market. It all helps!
2. Talk to other family and friends about plastic bags and how harmful these are to the environment and its animals. Ask them to make a pledge to recycle more.
3. If your school isn't already recycling, do what the Show Me Adventure Kids did and start a recycling program. Think of a fun contest or a project to share with classes at your school. Everyone benefits from the efforts of just a few people.
A while ago, I was watching an old TV show with my mom, "The Muppet Show," and a really cute little frog named Kermit was singing a song, "It's not that easy being green." Well, it may be a challenge to be a green little frog, but if we want to be green friends of our environment, the power is in our hands. So don't toss plastic in the trash; RECYCLE!
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