Last week James learned about the history of Earth Day and he and his SLP discussed some of the challenges facing environmental advocates and conservationists today. They wrapped up with the following creative writing assignment.
CREATIVE WRITING: A Billion Acts of Green offers several suggestions on how to protect the planet and improve communities. Can you recall any suggestions that you have seen in action in your home or school? How would you like to participate in Earth Day this year? If you had unlimited resources, time and manpower how would you want to celebrate in environmental conservation in the future?
THE CONSERVATION PLAN THAT I WOULD DESIGN IS LIVING IN A MORE ECOLOGICALLY FRIENDLY WAY. TO START, I WOULD BUILD A MODEL HOUSING COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITY WOULD CONSIST OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM WHO COMMUNICATE ON THE LETTER BOARD. THIS WOULD BE AN IDEAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE PEOPLE WITH AUTISM HAVE FAIRLY SIMPLE LIFESTYLES. THE COMMUNITY WOULD BE POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY. THE HOUSES WOULD BE FROM MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN RECYCLED.
I WOULD USE AUTISTIC PEOPLE TO WORK IN THE COMMUNITY. I WOULD PLAN TO HAVE A CONSERVATION CENTER IN THE COMMUNITY. THE CENTER WOULD BE COMPLETELY GREEN. IT WOULD BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WITH AUTISM CAN USE THE LETTER BOARD TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS OF HOW THEY CAN LIVE IN WAYS THAT DO NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT. IT WOULD BE SORT OF A GREEN AUTISTIC THINK TANK.
AUTISTIC PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD THAT IT WOULD BE AMAZING TO HARNESS THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD. THE MOST EXCITING PART WOULD BE TO LIVE IN A COMMUNITY WHERE I WOULD BE ACCEPTED AS I AM. NO ONE WOULD FIND IT STRANGE THAT I DON’T SPEAK. NO ONE WOULD FIND IT STRANGE THAT I PLAY BY MYSELF. NO WOULD FIND MY STIMS ANNOYING.
How would you keep your green community sustainable?
THE COMMUNITY WOULD BE SUSTAINABLE BY MEMBER CONTRIBUTING TO ITS PRODUCTIVITY. SOME PEOPLE WOULD FARM AND PRODUCE FOOD THE COMMUNITY WOULD EAT. OTHERS WOULD RUN THE PHYSICAL OPERATIONS BY MAKING RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES LIKE SOLAR PANELS AND WINDMILLS. EVERYONE WOULD HAVE A JOB TO DO ACCORDING TO THEIR TALENTS. THE END.