oceans opens in theaters today. The film, presented by Disneynature who brought us earth last year, explores the life-sustaining waters that cover three-fourths of our planet and the fascinating creatures within. oceans also sheds some light on the natural and manmade threats affecting the waters and their populations. See oceans during opening week (April 22-28, 2010), and Disneynature will donate $.20 of each ticket purchased to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Reef Program in the Bahamas, with a minimum of $100,000.00 pledged to this program.
Singers/actors Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato recorded a duet and video called “Make a Wave” to inspire young and old to take action and make positive changes in their habits to reduce their own contributions to pollution and environmental threats. Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green offers many ways you and your kids can get involved.
- Recycle plastic bags, glass jars, newspapers, and other materials instead of filling landfills with items that can be processed into other products.
- Properly dispose of motor oil, paint, and batteries by dropping them off at designated collection sites.
- Don’t litter.
- Volunteer with an organization and donate a Saturday afternoon to cleaning up a city park or other neglected area.
- Reduce your own waste. Some products are now packaged in reusable containers. Use them!
- Take shorter showers to conserve water.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- When you can, walk or bike to your destination instead of driving an automobile.
- Plant trees and plants.
- Recycle bars of soap.
- On pleasant days, turn off the A/C, open your house windows, and allow the breeze to cool your home.
- Don’t smoke.
- Prevent wild fires by completely extinguishing outdoor fires before leaving the area.
- Purchase recycled paper.
- Refill printer ink cartridges instead of disposing them.
Parents, visit the Disneynature oceans website and click on the “for educators” tab on the left to be directed to the following FREE educational downloads: an 8-page Educational Activity Guide, a 42-page Educator’s Guide, Interactive Whiteboard Content, and Beneath the Waves interdisciplinary study. Your students can also register for the Wyland Classroom Mural Contest to take part in a nationwide environmental mural painting contest.
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