Students across the country in grades K–12 are now invited to participate in ISRI’s national recycling awareness contest. Co-sponsored by JASON Learning, the theme of this year’s contest is Recycle to Rebuild.
One of the most important man-made resources we have is our infrastructure: the roads and bridges we drive on, the airports, water ways and train lines we travel through, and – more recently – the cellular towers, cables and fiber optic networks that connect us. Many important parts of our infrastructure – in particular, many of our bridges and highways – were built close to 50 years ago and are beginning to show signs of wear-and-tear. To address this, we are poised to embark on an enormous project to rebuild our infrastructure. The challenge is that building infrastructure is very expensive and consumes vast amount of natural resources. And this effort will also have a big impact on our energy reserves and environment.
It is expected that we will have to spend more than $1 TRILLION to create the type of infrastructure we need to be successful in the 21st
Century. Massive amounts of raw materials will have to be extracted, and significant volume of waste products will have to be discarded. All of this requires power, and a lot of it. Most of this power will come from fossil fuels and contribute significantly to air and water pollution, including the man-made CO2
that is released into the atmosphere.
Through this contest, students will envision the use of recycled materials to support the rebuilding of our infrastructure, enabling us to reduce its cost, use fewer natural resources, decrease the energy requirements, and clean up our air and water.
Encourage the youth within your communities
to learn more about recycling and enter this year’s contest
. Submission deadline is December 15
. For more information, contact Bob Ensinger
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