DAVE STREET
"Inspiring, Educating and Entertaining the World"
THE HABITS THAT SAVE HABITATS
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Dave Street's Middle School program is an interactive workshop/presentation designed to inspire young people to take responsibility for what they do to the world around them and to help create a clean , healthy world. Audience Size: Dave offers small group workshops or a large group presentation.

Small Group Workshops: These are designed to work best with a target audience of thirty five to fifty students. Generally, it's designed to be conducted in conjunction with the science classes.

The workshop begins with a motivational introduction on how the students are young leaders who make a difference in the world. Dave then presents scientific information in terms of the impact people have previously had on the world. Then the students break into small groups for specific assignments, which are then read aloud and reacted to. Dave then presents more relevant material and summarizes the theme. It ends with the students having their leadership qualities affirmed.

Large Group Presentations: Again, Dave begins with a motivational presentation. He then presents information in a manner which clearly illustrates the affect we all have on the world around us and the consequences of our behavior. This also ends with the students having their leadership qualities affirmed.

Dave can taper his presentations to your needs.

MAIN TOPICS

Although the general theme of all Dave's program's is how young people can make a positive impact on the planet, he has different presentations emphasizing various main themes. These include:

1) THE GLOBAL CONNECTION - This illustrates how the everyday things we do in our neighborhoods affect global conditions like global warming and destruction of the Rainforest and how these phenomenon, in turn, affect the quality of our lives.

2) STOPPING THE NEXT EXTINCTION - This includes lessons to be learned from the extinction of creatures like the Dodo Bird and the Passenger Pigeon as well as a look at current endangered species. It includes examples of how human behavior has contributed to previous extinctions, such as sailors bringing rats and pigs around the world. It also explains the connection between the welfare of endangered animals and our health.

3) A PAIN IN THE DRAIN - This traces how litter from our sidewalks end up in our waters as well as how good habits like not littering and recycling keep our communities clean. The program is on the NJ DEP's list of 'suggested programs' for young people to see as part of the New Jersey Clean Communities program.

4) IT'S ALL CONNECTED - This offers a brief overview of all of Dave's work: giving an example of one extinct animal, one global problem and connecting them to problems like littering and solutions like recycling.

5) SUSTAIN AND DEVELOP - This illustrates the concept of 'Sustainable Development' and how to create products in a way that still sustains the environment.

CLASS PROJECT SUGGESTIONS

1) LITTER PREVENTION: The first is not littering, and participating in various clean-ups in our community,at our beaches at our roadsides. By taking responsibility for every piece of paper, bottle cap, etc. that we use we help build a strong foundation for ourselves as environmentally responsible citizens.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

* Have class identify different types of litter found in a specific area, such as the road near the school,local park, in the classroom. Make a wall chart from the information.

*Identify ways litter can hurt animals that have habitats in the area.

*Have class 'adopt a spot' in your community to keep clean and litter-free !

2) RECYCLING: By recycling, we help to conserve our natural resources, such as forests, mountains, etc. that would otherwise have to be cut down, mined, etc. Every piece of paper we keep recycling represents a tree that doesn't have to be cut down, helping to preserve it as a habitat for the creatures that live in it. Aluminum cans are mostly made from bauxite, an ore that has to be mined from the ground. It also has been found in the Rainforests. Therefore, every aluminum can we recycle represents a piece of ground somewhere that doesn't have to be dug up, preserving it for the animals that might use it as a habitat.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

* Make a chart of things that can be recycled, etc. Then list areas where those resources come from (ie paper comes from trees that come from a forest). Then make a wall chart with drawings of animals that live there & show how by recycling we can help to save those habitats !

* Research how long different products can last: wood, glass, paper. For instance, aluminum cans can be recycled indefinitely. Make a chart to show how long we can keep these products out of the waste stream simply by recycling them!

3) PLANTING TREES AND TAKING CARE OF TREES: Trees are crucial to our existence. By preforming the process of photosynthesis, they take carbon dioxide and turn the gas into breathable oxygen for us. They are also habitats for animals to live in.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

*Select a park and monitor the life around a tree.

* Make a list of ALL the things trees do for us, like keeping the soil together, etc.

* Research all of the different creatures that live in trees, including insects, snakes, etc. Then identify what countries they live in and what different kinds of trees support different kinds of life.

4) CONSERVE ENERGY: Most energy comes from burning fossils. Fossil fuels usually come from the ground, which is also a habitat for animals. When we waste energy, we find the need to dig up more fossil fuels, endangering the habitats of animals. When we conserve energy, we help preserve the habitats of animals.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

* Chart how much fuel is needed to burn lights for an hour, as well as to run a TV set, play a video game, etc.

* Have students monitor their own houses for a month to see how much electricity is wasted and when.

* Have them work to reduce their waste of electricity in their own lives.

5) EDUCATING OTHERS: When we teach others about recycling, litter prevention and other good

habits, we help to spread good behavior that will help us to create a clean, healthy world.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

* Have students talk about recycling, etc. to other classes, civic groups, etc.

6) BUILD A HABITAT: When we build a habitat and have it on our properly, we get to see firsthand how animals need us to have good habitats to help them survive.

POSSIBLE CLASS PROJECTS:

* Have students build a habitat on school grounds, adopt it and take care of it. Organizations such as the Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation have great resources available to assist you in this type of endeavour.

A show that inspires respect for self and others by teaching a concern for the environment and nature with humor, stories, songs and science.

"THE HABITS THAT SAVE HABITATS" IS ON THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION'S LIST OF 'SUGGESTED PROGRAMS' FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE AS PART OF THE NEW JERSEY 'CLEAN COMMUNITIES' PROGRAM.


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Dave Street
P.O. Box 202
South Plainfield, NJ 07080-0202

email: godave908@yahoo.com
phone: (908)757-8939