Safe Waters: Teaching Kids About Oil Spills
Teaching the next generation about oil spills and safety isn't for the faint of heart. Children's attention spans are generally focused on right now, which was true even before the Age of Screens. But one ecological nonprofit is turning this assumption on its well washed ear.Matter of Trust.org is a group of eco enthusiasts focused on "man-made surplus, natural abundance, and eco-education." Founder Lisa Gautier, a mother herself, delights in teaching the next generation about oil spill clean up through her Clean Wave of the Future program, whichteaches childrenhow to make natural fiber booms out of large-scale waste fiber recycling: clippings of hair from salons, fur from pet groomers, fleece and feathers from farmers, even laundry lint. The program includes a class handout that begins with discussion:
- What are the sources of oil spills?
- What is their environmental impact?
- How are they cleaned up?
- What are the social, economic and logistical benefits of using natural fiber booms?