Use less plastic

Our presentation was essentially an outreach project that not only educated children as well as allowed them a fun and interactive way to reduce their plastic use and allow for more recyclable materials and reduce the amount of plastic pollution which is a huge problem in society today as well as in sarasota. When on our field trip at lido beach we saw multiple plastic bottles and such in which not only are bad for the environment itself as they don’t break down naturally, they also are commonly ingested by multiple animals that make the lido beach coastline their home.

Our campaign was aimed at elementary school children, we primarily were looking into the younger target market as it is something that really should be taught in schools more often at a young age. As i child i grew up in East Africa and speaking from experience we have very little to no real teaching about the impact of plastic on the ocean. The coast lines i grew up on once were perfectly untouched, no human contact and they were thriving ecosystems, now with the over population of the coast line and the receding shore lines the coast is flooded with trash and plastic with little to know effort to clean it up as coco beach has now become a meeting place to sell food and drinks and eat on the beach in public on the top of your cars so when Brenna suggested we do a campaign about using less plastic this really resonated with me.

Our campaign essentially involves creating unique re-usable items that the children can decorate themselves with supervision from their parent or teacher they also have the opportunity to choose an image to be ironed on to a re-usable tote bag so that they can get their groceries and such without the use of plastic as often. We included examples of lunch bags, boxes, totes and we initially had a water bottle too.  We also made a set of cards they can take home that shows them tips on how to  reduce their plastic use as well as some cute illustrations so that they relate to it better, in addition the stickers made are all spot illustrations of animals found in sarasota so that they can compare and identify the animals as well when they see them. Overall the cause that we chose to display for our campaign i feel has very little to no attention in the media and we as people should be much more aware of the situation if we want to preserve these beautiful ecosystems we live inOur presentation was essentially an outreach project that not only educated children as well as allowed them a fun and interactive way to reduce their plastic use and allow for more recyclable materials and reduce the amount of plastic pollution which is a huge problem in society today as well as in sarasota. When on our field trip at lido beach we saw multiple plastic bottles and such in which not only are bad for the environment itself as they don’t break down naturally, they also are commonly ingested by multiple animals that make the lido beach coastline their home.

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