In conjunction with our Responsible Schools: Environmental Education Program, this project will provide 8,000 STUDENTS in low-income California school districts with their very own reusable stainless-steel canteen, giving all children equal access to be part of the solution to disposable plastic pollution. We will fund the installation of eco-friendly, filtered, bottle-refill stations in 6 SCHOOLS, encouraging students to make wholesome choices for their health and the environment.
Single-use disposable plastic is one of the greatest contaminants of our time. Plastic is forever, it does not biodegrade. It finds its way into our waterways and is moving its way up the food chain causing harmful effects to our health. Experts predict that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the ocean could outweigh the fish. Students in low-income school districts want to be a part of the pollution solution but don't have the means to purchase quality reusable water bottles (canteens).
We aim to educate and advocate for sustainable alternatives to single-use disposable plastic. Donating reusable stainless steel canteens to students in need and supplying low-income schools with a filtered bottle-refill station provides all students an equal opportunity to participate in environmentally-friendly practices while encouraging hydration through healthy alternatives to typical disposable beverages.
Students will recognize their individual impact on the environment around them. Learning to make subtle changes to the way we move and consume things spreads awareness from plastic water bottles, to other disposable items. A school of 3,000 students produces a multiplier effect and awareness will spread from the students, to their families, into their towns. Being able to make environmentally friendly choices should not be a privilege solely for the elite, but be accessible for all children.