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  Need some new resources and activities for your kids this summer or some environmental tips for Moms and DadsWatch our new Clips and Tips Programs.  Each week look for a new resource, either a video or an activity to extend your learning.

      Youth Resources - below                Adult Resources (click here) 

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     Youth Resources: 

Our first resource is a video reading of the story Retrieving with EVIEGreat for dog lovers and pre-school – lower elementary youth. Enjoy!    

EVIE is a Yellow Labrador Retriever who just loves retrieving litter wherever she finds it!  She's also the mascot of Keep Evansville (IN) Beautiful.  Join us in a reading of this book and learn how you can reduce litter and help keep Cass County beautiful, too.  Thanks to author Susan Harp, illustrator Jon Siau and M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. for permission for this reading.

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Our next "Environmental Clips and Tips" feature is a video recording of the award-winning book One Plastic Bag read by KCCB educator, Dana Stahl. Enjoy this true story about Isatou Ceesay and the women of the Gambia as they tackle plastic bag pollution in Njau, Gambia.  Suggested readers: ages 5 - 9, but this story has a universal message for all. 

Displayed with the permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. “One Plastic Bag” by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

From Author Miranda Paul, watch this step-by-step video that shows how the women of Gambia recycle plastic bags into beautiful purses - and you can learn! Isatou Ceesay, narrator, is also the project manager for NRIGG, the Njau Recycling and Income Generating Group in The Gambia, West Africa. PURSES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT: http://gambiahelp.org - Learn more about this grassroots, fairtrade project at: http://www.oneplasticbag.com

LEARN MORE WITH THESE RESOURCES:

5 Recycled Plastic Bag Projects

10 Things To Make From Plastic Bags

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We hope you enjoy Dana's reading of Evie Goes Clean & Green and will learn some new ways to be GREEN at your home. This second book of EVIE is written by Susan Harp, a teacher and environ-mental volunteer, and is illustrated by award-winning artist Jon Siau, to help children (and their parents) understand the importance of recycling and being as green as possible. With the help of her daddy, EVIE learns easy ways to make small changes in her everyday life that will have a big impact on the environment.

We thank author Susan Harp, illustrator Jon Siau and M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. for permission for this reading. You can purchase Susan's book from M.T. Publishing.

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Timmy the Tumble Bag follows the life of Timmy as a plastic shopping bag, from his original home in a store as a carry bag to newfound freedom happily tumbling around as a piece of litter until he is befriended by a boy who arranges for Timmy to be recycled and remanufactured into a Frisbee, to Timmy’s great delight.

The goal of the book is to encourage responsible use of products, including plastic shopping bags, and to teach students about another R - remanufacturing. Following the story are facts about plastic shopping bags, classroom activities and suggestions for discussions. Listen to a reading of the story here.

We'd like to thank our friend Tom Ethans, Executive Director of Take Pride Winnipeg! for permission for this reading. If individuals or schools are interested in purchasing copies of Timmy the Tumble Bag, please contact Carrie Lund: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Here's another video and simple way to teach youth how to compost called Compost in a Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

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Planting the Trees of Kenya  is a great resource of how Wangari Maathai started the Green Belt Movement and has inspired many people to plant trees. 

How to care for trees provides information from the Nebraska Forest Service.

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Enjoy Nature whether it's in your back yard or at a local park. Watch this video and enjoy the great outdoors-environmentally friendly for the entire family. Learn how to make a kite from a recycled plastic bag and find more outdoor activities for youth here

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Adult Resources

Reduce your carbon footprint by watching this "At Home Activities" video. 

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Have you ever wanted to compost and just didn't know how to get started? We've got tips for you with this video clip.  Enrich your lawn and garden by composting and learn how to turn veggie scraps and other organic matter into nutrient rich compost. This video has information for young and old including a few of our favorite composting books for youth. Learn more with this informative USDA resource called Composting in the Yard, the University of Nebraska Extension compost guide and 5 Common Compost Questions

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Join us for some green garden tips and learn how it's easy to grow your own food in a small amount of space. 

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RECYCLING: There are often misconceptions about recycling. What can and can't be recycled in one location may vary from another. Watch our videos 10 Recycling Myths and Dana's 5 tips to learn what can and can't be recycled in Cass County, Nebraska. Find out more at First Star Recycling our local MRF. 

Learn how to use the Hefty Energy Bag Program and convert hard-to-recycle plastics into valuable energy resources. If you have curbside recycling or use the Cass County Trailer Recycling Program in your area, you can participate in the Hefty Energy Bag Program. Follow these tips by watching this video

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What about plastics? They keep foods fresh, but are they good or bad? Watch All about Plastics to learn more. 

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Could you live without plastics in your home? This feature Living Without Plastics will show how Johann and Laura Reimer from Hesston, Kansas are trying their best to reduce their waste by refusing and using less plastic. 

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Reduce waste. Enjoy watching this video about the Banks family who are reducing waste by using cloth diapers for their daughter Cattelaya. 

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This week's "Clips and Tips" is for anyone who uses fireworks. Join Dana and Linda as they explain how to be safe with this video about Fireworks Disposal. Fireworks can create litter and debris that contain heavy metals and dangerous chemicals that can pollute air, water and soil. Remember, if you BLOW IT UP...please PICK IT UP! 

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