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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

Alumni, Conservation, Education, News from EPI

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

Conservation, Education, Science

Most occupations offer paid professional development opportunities—but this is not always true for teachers. There's often little paid time to create innovative curricula or enough money to take your students on meaningful field trips. So Ecology Project International asked our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator, Klavdija Jenko, to research funding opportunities for science teachers. Here's what she's got: 1. Fund for Teachers Would you like to design your own fellowship? Then you may want to check out Fund for Teachers, which supports educators in their mission to impact student achievement through developing their own leadership skills, knowledge, and confidence. 2. Make a Difference: Teach If you are interested in advancing your own education but haven't been able to find the time or money, check out Teach. This website is dedicated to helping you find online degree options... Read More

Education, Professional Development