Conserving Lake Cayuga shoreline through youth action

  • Location
    Ithaca, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    19 to 25 Years

The Problem

The shoreline of Lake Cayuga is full of litter. Since its a popular tourist spot, visitors throw trash and litter the place , most of which gets into the water, polluting it and endangering marine life.

Our Plan

The actions we are planning are: (1) conduct a webinar engaging community youth to raise awareness about this issue (2) Organise a shoreline cleanup, document the types of trash and engage visitors to stop littering The project will engage diverse racial groups to make it an inclusive activity that protects the environment

Themes Addressed

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    Water Pollution & Conservation

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We were successful in our objective of engaging young people and also the community in raising awareness about the negative impacts of pollution on our environment and biodiversity

Through this project I/we learned:

The power of community, especially young people, in driving behavioral change

What I/we might change:

the timing of the activity and instead of morning , do it in the evening when its cooler.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Tabulating the various types of trash and the wide-eyed exclamations from the participants at how it managed to reach the shoreline

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Planning is the key to success. One needs to be very tenacious to convince people to join your project.

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