A single plastic straw can take more than 200 years to decompose. In the meantime, those straws often become pollution or even worse, sea turtle or whale “food.” Research estimates that there are 8.3 billion plastic straws befouling beaches worldwide. Plastic has become a dirty word, especially single-use plastics. Ecology Project International’s (EPI) Mexico's Californios Verdes Eco Club took an active role in helping ban the most common single-use plastics in Baja California Sur, including plastic straws.
So what did the Californios Verdes do, exactly? How can other youth activists use the Eco Club’s work as a template for banning single-use plastics in their own communities?
First, the Californios Verdes grew their alliances. A team of 35 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and municipal government arms, from bagel shops to the Los Cabos Association of Hotels and Tourism, named themselves the “Desplastifícate Alianza,”... Read More
College programs in Environmental Studies and Ecology are some of the fastest-growing fields of study, and many of the programs have gotten competitive. Whichever your dream school, the question is: What can you do to set yourself apart and get accepted?
Ecology Project International (EPI) has compiled a list of tips and resources that can help you get the experience and skills you need to get into the program of your dreams—or find work in environmental studies and conservation.
Real Wildlife Research Experience
No other experience can make your application shine as much as doing real wildlife research. Going on a field science expedition, working with wildlife, assisting scientists, collecting critical data, helping to save endangered species: most people don’t get those kinds of experiences until grad school.
If you can find a way to get real research experience, you’ll be taking... Read More
If you google “what is service learning,” you’ll find that a lot of the answers are complicated, but the truth is, it doesn’t need to be. So, let’s break it down. What is service learning?
It's a type of learning that...
Involves volunteering or tackling a problem or project
The project should have a positive impact on a community or the environment
It allows you to connect “classroom learning” to real-world situations
The last bullet point is the crux. Academic preparation, assessment, and reflection are what differentiate service-learning projects from other, more traditional forms of community service.
Why do a service-learning project?
Often, serving learning hours are required for jobs, certificates, credit, graduation, or any number of things, but one of the main reasons to get involved is the opportunity to make a positive impact on... Read More