The Little EcoHero Project
The elves of the Woods want to inspire and empower our readers to save the world! By starting young, we hope to help nurture a generation who will feel responsible about looking after their own green planet. Our wish is that the Little EcoHeroes who come on this journey of discovery with us will go beyond the book and feel empowered to take the plunge to make a difference themselves. Through games and art installations that have strong hands-on and visual elements, we want to raise awareness of how kids can contribute on a day-to-day level through eco-friendly practices.
Lost Oceans (2018)
Why did we decide to choose the Lost Oceans as our first EcoHero theme?
Did you know that the sea might have more plastic than fish by the year 2050? The sea is clogged with rubbish that we humans have put into it. This is something that we can begin to put right today! Plastic is one of the most common elements found in the sea. It doesn’t just come from people throwing rubbish into the sea, but from people who don’t throw rubbish away into proper bins on land, or into rivers. The rubbish then gets washed or blown into the sea. Plastic in the ocean does not decompose, but it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that never disappear. Plastic bags are eaten by fish and other sea creatures. Balloon strings and plastic six-pack rings get entangled on sea birds and sea creatures. All of this is preventable in our everyday lives. Let us recover our oceans together!
Every EcoHero who takes part in our programme will have a copy of the Little EcoHero pledge that they can bring home with them. There are 10 things on the checklist that every EcoHero can do to save the planet, whether it’s making sure to cap their markers, or refusing plastic bags at the supermarket. Each EcoHero should think carefully about which things they can promise to do and tick them off on the checklist. Once they’ve signed their pledge, they will become a proud EcoHero who will do their bit to save the planet and help our lost oceans.
To find out more about our Little EcoHero activities, check out the #LittleEcoHero hashtag on Facebook or Instagram!
To learn more about the things that we might have talked about in Little EcoHero: Lost Oceans, here are some resources that we used in our research, and which you might like to use or visit if you’d like to learn more:
- National Geographic: Plastic or Planet?
- Conserve Energy Future: 20 Surprising Facts About Ocean Pollution
- Jen Green’s 50 Things You Should Know About the Environment
(available at Books Ahoy! and Woods in the Books)
- Zero Waste SG
- The Straits Times: 2.5kg of food a week wasted by each household, equal to half of all household waste
- The Straits Times: Singapore’s household electricity consumption up 17 per cent over past decade
- National Climate Change Secretariat: Carbon Emissions
- Recycling Facts
- Balloons Blow
- Water–Use It Wisely