The Importance Of Action Research Project

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I was going to change the world. That was the goal I set out upon when starting out my action project. I knew that it was supposed to be a small project, but I thought I could change Missoula in just fifteen hours. After numerous attempts to get in contact with organizations that could have a broad, long term impact on the community, I decided to simply pick up trash from a local park. This job wasn 't glamorous or exciting and it wasn 't going to change the way people looked at recycling and waste, but after a few thank you 's from people passing by or simply watching the ducks swim in the area I had recently collected trash from, I knew that I had made a difference in my community. For my action research project I picked up trash at Ogden …show more content…
At these locations I spent time picking up trash and recyclables and having them separated to be properly disposed of later on. From the amount of trash that I picked up I learned that the trash disposed on the ground was a collective effort. In the span of ten hours I managed to fill two bags with trash, one bag with recyclables, and pick up about ten cardboard boxes. The trash that had been dispersed around this area also spoke very poorly about Missoula 's trash clean up and sporting events. Much of the trash found were related to beer bottles and glasses from the stadium as well as cigarettes all over from fans. Over the course of my time picking up trash I picked up well over one hundred cigarettes. The most disappointing part of the stadium, however, was their disposal of zip ties. …show more content…
Whether I was at the pond to watch the ducks, watch a baseball game with my family, or just on a run through the park, I always noticed the trash. This trash took away from my overall experience of enjoying the outdoor activities that the beautiful city of Missoula has to offer. The creatures and citizens that use this area are being robbed of this environmental oasis due to the laziness and ignorance of a few citizens. This trash can rob the area of its natural beauty and its ability to fully function as a habitat for species. This realization of trash pick up 's short term scale, has changed my career path in a large way. Through this project, I have seen that these small actions like picking up trash can have a big impact when many people do them, but it is not a regular occurrence for people to do on a day to day basis. Numerous times on my trips I was given some very interesting looks. Whether it was a double take from seeing a student carrying many cardboard boxes across a parking lot, or watching that same student push his bike while carrying those same cardboard boxes along with a bag full of glass bottles. Even in progressive Missoula, the idea of someone taking several hours of their time to pick up trash is seen as odd. That is why I am now looking into large scale solutions to damaging effects on the Earth, such as climate change and pollution. I am now looking to become more involved in the

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