My 5-year-old granddaughter saw a video about the amount of plastic floating in the ocean [equivalent to the state of Texas?] and its effect on animals –who sometimes mistaking them for food, eat them and sicken. She felt very worried and decided to form a club. I heard about it while I was visiting my youngest daughter in Seattle. She and her 4-year-old cousin began a letter [Dear government….] but couldn’t get much past that.
Her third meeting yesterday included another 5-year-old and two older children, 9 and 13. The 13-year-old was secretary. I helped by saying, Well what’s the problem, giving each child a chance to state the problem. [“All the plastic in the ocean looks like jellyfish to turtles.” “When people let go of helium balloons, it can pop over the ocean and kill the animals.” ]
and the solutions, “Plastic bags should be re-used.” “Ithaca should ban the use of plastic bags. We should bring our own cloth bags. In Seattle, people have to pay a nickel for a plastic bag.” “We want there to be no plastic in the world.”
Each child got to have her say, be an activist, and get the letter done.