Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and I was inspired by this video I saw on The Kid Should See This about a small town in rural Japan well on its way to becoming a zero waste community. This means that they will produce no trash. To this end, they sort their trash into 34 recycling categories. I know that my family and I have trouble with just one recycling category!
The small town of Kamikatsu, Japan started in 2003 to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their trash. In 2015, only 20% of their garbage goes into their local landfill. By 2020, Kamikatsu hopes to be 100% zero waste, with no use of landfills, and to forge connections with other like-minded communities in the world, spreading the practice of zero-waste.
Isn’t that amazing? Here’s their story:
I have other posts for Earth Day including an essay writing contest where kids can win $5000 and my Top 10 Earth Day Picture Book list. How are you celebrating Earth Day? Please share!
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.