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No litter here!

Ways that children can get involved in local advocacy initiatives

2022 Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Illustrated diagram of children picking up plastic waste from plants and shrubbery and collecting it into a bucket
A mixed group of smartly-dressed men and woman in Uganda sitting on the ground outside, partly under the shade of a tree

From: Community-led advocacy – Footsteps 118

Tools and ideas that communities can use to challenge injustice and change difficult situations

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Do people in your local area sometimes drop plastic bags, bottles and other waste on the ground, instead of reusing it, recycling it or putting it in the bin? 

As well as being untidy, plastic waste can harm animals and block drains and rivers, causing floods. It also takes a long time to break down and disappear – up to 450 years for a plastic bottle!

Here are some ways that you and your friends can make people more aware of the situation, and ask them to do something about it.

  1. Keep your area tidy

    Make sure that you do not drop litter, and ask your friends not to drop it either. Explain to them that God has created a beautiful world for us to live in, and he has given us the job of taking care of it.

  2. Make a poster

    Design and put up posters in your school and local area reminding people not to drop litter.

  3. Pick it up!

    Ask a family member or teacher to help you organise a clean-up campaign with other children. Work together to collect as much plastic waste as you can. Can some of it be recycled? 

    Ask an adult to contact your local radio station or newspaper to tell them what you are doing, and why you are doing it. If your clean-up campaign is mentioned on the radio or in the newspaper, it might encourage other people to help solve the problem.

Wash your hands carefully after picking up litter. Use gloves if you can.

Bible verse memory challenge!

Whatever your age, and wherever you live in the world, you can help make your local area a better place.

Can you learn this Bible verse? 

'Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.'

Matthew 5:16 (New Living Translation)

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