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Justin is working on calculating his impact on how to get people to refuse, reduce, and reuse plastic. He has recycled over 3,000 aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass. He spent 7 months collecting over 200 pounds of plastic caps (some from the well know Staples Center at an Elton John concert) and had them recycled into a bench for his school. He traded over 200 plastic toothbrushes for toothbrushes made out of recycled yogurt cups to friends, neighbors, and people worldwide. Justin has met with top leaders such as our city mayor, CA state senator, engineer students at Loyola Marymount University, the founder of Precious Plastics, the CEO of By Fusion, the writer of The Eco Paper, Linda Booker the film maker of Straws, the founder of Three Squares Inc, and several kindergarten aged to several older youth that are working and taking action to help solve the plastic pollution problem. Justin has created a social media page with the ideas and is making a book to help encourage others to implement these ideas.
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I have students create Power Point presentations to share what they've learned. We also complete pre and post tests after the field trips so we can collect data which tells us what the students have learned and why. I would use the grant money to buy plants for the garden. Parents and students help us maintain our garden. We also harvest our produce and make salads to share during our meetings.
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As part of our campaign, we will be contributing time to the weekly bbqs near the train tracks where many live in one of 2 tent cities. We will offer the mats for sitting (there's so much mud from intense weather) and the seed kits for planting in the community garden near the shelter. We will engage in conversation starting with, "What's your name?" We know that homeless people are rarely asked this basic human question. We will track how many people we connect with, creating humanity within our community. Having learned mapping at ESRI when I was with the NYLC, I am planning to show my group other homeless communities in the Capitol region that we need to reach out to. We will also create relationships with the youth by gardening together.
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We will host a World Chimpanzee Day celebration, creating a space for neighbors to come together and learn about the connection between e-waste and chimpanzee conservation. We will have speakers from the Right to Repair, Uganda Tree Project, display locally made e-waste art, and provide e-waste collection.
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We're inviting global ‘classrooms’ (can be a physical classroom, before/after-school program, extracurricular program, etc.) to participate in a series of 30-60 minute virtual field trips in July, hosted over the video conferencing software, Zoom. Field trips will feature inspiring individuals, from those starting sustainable social enterprises, to grassroots community organizing, to nonprofit leaders in the environmental field. It is intended to invite under-resourced communities into the global environmental justice conversation, and empower students to develop agency and create change starting in their local community.
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Our goal is to supply customers at our local grocery stores with reusable shopping bags free of charge until supplies are depleted. Additionally, we would like to provide educational literature to consumers to help raise awareness about the problems associated with the use of single use plastic bags. Then, we want to meet with local politicians to discuss the ban of plastic bags in our county with hopes of expanding the ban statewide.
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We will take an online survey ever other week for 3 months, with a required picture, of how recycling habits have changed.
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We will be targeting local restaurants beginning with those nearest to the coastline. By educating restaurant staff members and distributing educational materials for patrons, we think everyone will help this campaign be a successful one. We will also provide samples of bamboo straws for restaurants in order to ease the transition away from plastic straws.
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We are educating the people in our community . We are doing this during our summer camp. All the children are involved. They study and become the educators.
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In the spring of 2020, we will do a full clean up. plant flowers, and ensure there are proper trash receptacles, including safe disposal of needles.

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