EPA Region 3
Topic: SEDP 2010
Date: August 6 , 2010
Aliyah (Baltimore): The topic that I’ve most enjoyed probably was the food courses about like how we get our food and things like that. I learned about composting and where food comes from and how we should keep healthy.
Host: That was Aliyah, one of the students from EPA's Student Environmental Development Program in Baltimore. Hi. I'm Brittany Ballard and welcome to Environment Matters, our series of podcasts. Aliyah and several other students are with us today to show what they are learning during their summer classes.
Nick (DC): I’ve learned a whole lot about sun safety and pesticides. Chlorine is a pesticide, bug spray is a pesticide. Pesticides are used to prevent bugs on crops mainly, and now it’s spread out to further areas. But we did not know about the harmful effects of pesticides and the effects on humans. So it’s a huge problem, and we’re doing a lot to stop it.
Brittany: That was Nick from Washington, DC. Next up is Muluken from Baltimore.
Muluken (Baltimore): I think to protect the environment mostly people are concerned about recycling, and that’s what Baltimore is doing. They’re having us recycle on Mondays for trash, and I think if we work on that our problems would be much better. It would just bring us together.
Brittany: Brianna from Philadelphia and Bianca from Baltimore also have ideas about how to protect the environment.
Brianna (Phila): Endangered species is definitely my favorite topic. I love animals, and I want to try my best to protect them in any way I can. There’s a lot of different ways you can protect animals—not throwing your trash, recycling things instead of throwing them on the ground, and putting trash where it should belong, and not having so many landfills.
Bianca (Baltimore): I’m going to try to reduce, recycle, and reuse more because that pollutes if you put things that are recyclable in the trash, it goes to factories and creates all this air pollution. I’m going to try to go to school on buses now even though they are going to be air pollution. It’s better for people to get on the bus instead of in 20 different cars. And I’m going to start turning off my electricity when I’m not using it. Pretty much, I’m going to try to make habitats for animals like gardens and stuff around our community and school.
Brittany: Thank you Brianna and Bianca. Last to speak with us today is Daniel from Washington, DC.
Daniel (DC): I think I can help with the renewable energy issue. Our school is sort of in the process right now; it’s not completely green yet, so I think I can after this program step-up and be a leader in my school to help become more energy efficient and recycle in our school. We have to sort of step-up now as the next generation to stop all this.
Brittany: I hope you enjoyed hearing from our students about their summer learning and how they will apply it to their communities.
Brittany: For more information about EPA's summer youth program, please see our website at www.epa.gov/region03/ee/ and click on Student Environmental Development Program. And thanks for joining us on Environment Matters, our series of podcasts.