Blog: Conservation Conversations with Jamie

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Each summer the Interpretive Program Team at Brookfield Zoo has the pleasure of working with college students who intern in our program. This year the interns were asked to write a blog entry about an environmental topic close to them. This entry was written by Maryam Mohamed.

Check out this comPOST about what can be done about landfills!
You know what really grinds my gears? Pollution! I bet it grinds your gears, too. One major problem that causes a lot of pollution is landfills. Landfills are basically humongous piles of garbage (EW!). Landfills are one of the oldest forms of waste disposal, and I think it’s about time that this disposal method retires. Breathing air may be easy now, but the buildup of landfills is extremely detrimental to environmental life for me and you. But don’t worry, you can help lessen the effects of landfills by composting!

What is composting?
Composting is taking responsibility for your waste. By taking anything from vegetable scraps to tea bags and mixing them into soil, you are essentially recycling your waste AND you can make superfood for your plants. Composting helps decrease the size of landfills, which decreases the amount of landfill gases in the air. Landfill gases contain methane and carbon dioxide which can result in major health effects, including asthma, weight loss, and irregular heartbeats, when exposed to these gases long term.
So, not only do you improve the health of the world, but composted soil helps make your plants big and strong, while helping them be even more delicious and nutritious! You can help the planet and your garden! What if you don’t have a garden? This is your excuse to start one! 


How to compost
There are a wide variety of composting methods, but one of my favorite ways is using all the materials I already have at home! Take a two liter soda bottle and make sure to rinse it really well and take off the label. Make a cut in the bottle almost all the way around about 1/3rd of the way down the bottle. Put a layer of moist soil at the bottom of the bottle. Then, add your layer of yummy food scraps like fruit peels, vegetables, and whatever else you want to recycle. If you need help figuring out what to compost, has more information! Next, you can add leaves till the top and screw your lid on the bottle. Tape the bottle where you previously cut, put your homemade compost in a nice sunny location, and voila! You have your very own composted soil! Wait about a month or so for the food scraps to completely decompose in your soil.
Hope you all have fun making your very own composted soil. Send Jamie some of your great work. Tweet or insta me @ZooJamie and send me all the pictures of your soil in a bottle! 

Posted: 9/13/2017 4:05:47 PM by Robert Sit

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