Level Two. Proactive.

By Michelle Lloyd.

Pollution? Everybody had heard of it and it was a significant subject, they tried to do their little bit but honestly how much did RV think about it? The answer he had learnt, was not enough.

Environmental concerns had been top of their agenda at school. RV had been engaged in a class clear up scheme which was focused on their nearest public and play friendly areas.

In several scheduled and efficiently organised trips the class had been taken out to see the damage that even a little bit of rubbish could do. What had stuck in RV’s mind had been how badly plastic packaging from beverage waste had influenced and hurt their local wildlife. He was not happy about it.

What had made RV think, was how even the smallest of actions could result in the biggest of impacts.

Not only did RV participate in his class group activity, but he decided to take it a stage further. A lot of the neighbours were very aware of how badly their local and communal areas had suffered at the hand of littering and waste pollution. It had overtaken any other problems that they had experienced and while many wanted to do something about it, nobody had instigated anything practical or proactive.

RV decided to act on his idea and he knew that his friend New One would help, because he had worked on a similar theme not too long ago. He started off a campaign and pretty soon the neighbourhood got together and took on a day project whereby they tackled the problem at one of their most well frequented public areas.

Information was given out about the damaging effects of certain modes of transport and actively encourage were people to take to their feet or their bikes. It was a great success and a lot of progress was made, but even better was the fact that the local press got a hold of the story and came to cover it.

Before they knew it, people in other localities had joined in the fight against pollution and teams assembled to take on the Wipe it Up project across the nation. In each small way, that bit more was taught, understood and learnt about the plight of pollution. One small action could lead to another and slowly a lot more positive action could be seen in many more proactive ways.