April 2017   
environmental education made easy

On the eve of Earth Day, I attended the play  A Line in the Land , produced by Young Actors Theatre in Indianapolis. The play was inspired by William Lamson's video art, A Line Describing the Sun, which is part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's permanent collection. The post-apocalyptic play was not only performed by middle and high school students, but it was also written by them. The play  ---       and the education guide  which supplements it ---     offers hope in the face of despair and imparts important lessons for all ages.
In the play, spirits from the past (Henry David Thoreau, George Washington Carver, and Rachel Carson, among them) visit one of the characters. They embolden her, encouraging her to experiment, to learn, to take chances, and, most of all, to believe that the impossible just might be possible.
I went to see this play to support one of the young actors. I had no idea that she and her peers had so much to teach me. I couldn't have anticipated how inspired and hopeful I would feel after the performance. These teens reminded me of the power of working together, learning together, and teaching together.
Let's work together to make every day Earth Day this year!

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners
Help Chart a Course for Communication
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Earth Day reminds us of how important communication is to successful community solid waste management. But not all community leaders have training in communications. 
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently surveyed members of its Communication, Education & Marketing Technical Division (CEM.) Currently, CEM is the only SWANA technical division that doesn't offer a certification program. 

Members reported that their training in communication, education, and marketing had mostly come from "the school of hard knocks."  When asked what topics should be included in training, "all of the above" best  describes the responses ---      with interest in everything from strategic planning and public relations to educational programming and from social media to communicating across cultures.

"Lack of community understanding and motivation" was the job challenge most often cited, suggesting that behavior modification and consumer psychology would need to play a key role in new training programs. 
You can help! Elizabeth serves as the current Director of the CEM Technical Division. Contact her at eroe@ecopartnersinc.com to learn more about communications training or to volunteer. 

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