Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

DOE Web Site for Kids is Balanced on Plastics Recycling

We all want our kids to be smarter, achieve more and have a better life than us, right? We want them to be informed so that they can make good decisions that allow their kids to have it even better than them. In today’s world, our kids get information from a wide variety of sources – mostly electronic. They watch television, they listen to radio and they surf the web.

Lately, these electronic media sources have had a lot to say about plastics and the products made from them. Most of it has been negative, focusing on health concerns and environmental challenges. Often, these reports cite scientific evidence to support their positions. However, sometimes this “science” is misguided, faulty or just plain wrong.

Recently, I stumbled onto a web site called the Energy Kid’s Page which talks about recycling plastics. The site is part of a larger site called the Energy Information Administration a part of the Department of Energy. From their website:

“The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Our mission is to provide policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.”

The Energy Kid’s Page that talks about recycling plastics does a pretty even handed job on a variety of topics including describing America’s love/hate relationship with plastics, decoding plastics, disposing of plastics, recycling plastics, energy from plastics, paper vs. plastic and biodegradable plastics.

Although it’s clearly written for a young person audience, there is a lot of information there for all ages. I encourage you to view it with your kids so they get a more balanced view of these important topics.

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